The Art of Compassion

Compassionate people are geniuses in the art of living, more necessary to the dignity, security, and joy of humanity than the discoverers of knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein

Today, I was left wondering…Is compassion dead? Does anyone really care about the problems and struggles of others?

We all want to be understood. We all want to feel accepted for our differences. We all would like to believe that others would help us if needed.

But the real question is, do we really strive to understand others? Do we truly accept others despite differences? Do we come to the aid of others in need or ignore someone in trouble for fear of getting involved?

Understanding, acceptance, and help are not selective or for “someone else” to practice. If someone in obvious need is passed by, waiting for one person to reach out…who must that person be? Me? You? The man walking behind? The lady who looks for a split second before deciding to move on, leaving it for “someone else” to deal with? What makes us feel exempt from anything that requires effort or responsibility?

My point is, when we need help, we become angry at those who don’t step up. But what about those whose lives or wellbeing depend on us stepping up? It’s far better to live in a society in which help, compassion, understanding, acceptance is 100% likely than to live in one in which only a small percentage “might” help. For that to happen, we all have to be willing to step up. Why? Because if we remain part of the percentage that doesn’t, we’re guaranteeing that there will always be people who don’t understand, don’t accept, don’t show compassion, and don’t help others.

God Bless You.

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