5 thoughts on “It’s Not Enough to Be Compassionate. You Must Act

  • October 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Compassion is extremely important in daily life. Anything without action will not move forward. Great blog post! Thanks for sharing…

  • October 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm


    The Buddha spoke on it.

    Consider this. You are one amongst billions. Of those there are many who suffer – some terribly.

    Yet you can do nothing to alleviate their pain.

    For yourself, yes, you can act to help one or two in small short term ways and you can go about your life telling yourself you are a good person for that little sacrifice. You can even use helping others as a form of therapy for yourself – and it does indeed work.

    But none of that is compassion.

    Sympathy maybe but compassion not at all.

    Compassion is what you exhibit when, after frequently walking down a street of starving, dying suffering people you can not in any way at all help, you do not pretend that you do not see their suffering.

    Compassion is being ever open to witness the truth – that people suffer.

    It’s not so easy.


  • October 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    everyone can start with what they consume everyday.

  • October 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    And don’t prepare only to help with “world” projects, but to be present and respectful to whomever you are in contact with in your daily life. POP is right – first you have to see. To witness, even when that is frustrating. Or even when it isn’t dramatic: not starving children in some far away country but a kid you might see on the street in your own town with no coat in the winter. Maintaining your own values isn’t so easy in the daily grind of life.

  • November 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    I completely agree with the comments on compassion. Now that I am retired I am more involved in my community and it makes me feel great.


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