Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In Training for Compassion?

Someone brought it to my attention that compassion is linked to pain.  It felt like a pinhole offered in a balloon of despair.  There was light offered into the smallest crack.  Her writings on the topic were so heartfelt, profound, timely, magical, transformative, and ethereal.  There could be a reason for brewing in this soup of despair and pain.  Another blade of grass to grasp on the the climb out of inner hell?

Compassion is a virtue — one in which the emotional capacities of empathy and sympathy (for the suffering of others) are regarded as a part of love itself, and a cornerstone of greater social interconnection and humanism — foundational to the highest principles in philosophy, society, and personhood.

Ranked a great virtue in numerous philosophies, compassion is considered in all the major religious traditions as among the greatest of virtues. 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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