Compassion – What It Is and Why It Just May Save the World
Making positive change and creating a “dogs-care-about-other-dogs” way of life requires people everywhere to adopt a more compassionate attitude. In order to accomplish this, we first must truly understand this principle. In many ways, the world has become cold, cruel, and uncaring. As a result, many of us truly don’t know what it truly means to exercise compassion.
If you struggle with relating to this concept, here are a few definitions that might help clear things up:
- Compassion is concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
- It is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
- It is synonymous with “mercy.”
- It means showing kindness, caring, and a willingness to help others.
- Compassion is the ability to understand the emotional state of another person or oneself.
The Dalai Lama has said, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
The world is wrought with war, conflict, and continued threats of violence that promise the bloodshed of entire countries. Surely a greater global demonstration of compassion could bring about peace and harmony. When extended from one person to another, a compassionate deed is the thread that holds the very fabric of humankind together. If none of us had any regard whatsoever for other people, the entire world would unravel.
Indeed, compassion is a necessity. Without it, we will ultimately blow ourselves to smithereens.