4 thoughts on “Cultivate Compassion for a Better World and Better You

  • February 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Joe,

    Compassion is such an important value that needs to be taught at a very early age. Personally, I think it needs to start when children enter the school system.

    Rather than only emphasizing standards of academic performance to identify success in competition with others, wouldn’t it behoove our school systems to introduce the idea of compassion as a key foundational value that needs to be part of their student’s daily focus? Instead of only teaching mathematical equations and memorizing dates and events, how powerful would it be for our kids to look at every action they take in a compassionate way?

    I identify compassion or the compass of my passion as an ability to feel deeply and give generously to others, in need, while also remaining free of stringent expectations. I have noticed when compassion is part of my communication with people, even in small ways, such as a smile, a handshake, a gentle kiss on a cheek, a sincere acknowledgement, a question of concern, the outlook and energy of the person receiving it is greatly enhanced.

    When will we begin to teach these values in our K-12 educational systems? I can tell you that most kids going to college today are sent off to college with out any kind of value or character education. They are told to figure out what to do and how to do it in competition with others. They are also told to do their best and be their best.

    What if they also had the capacity and skills to take their own knowledge and experience of compassion and integrate it into doing and being their best? Wouldn’t the world see and feel the positive impact of including this one essential value and skill of human connection? In order for that to happen everyone needs to understand the power of learning and integrating the skill of compassion into everyday life.

    • February 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm


      Thanks for such a thoughful comment! You really add to the blog when providing insight like this. You point out some great ideas and I agree how important some form of character education would be. I think this would prevent many issues between families and children, not to mention how this could help students understand their priorities and focus on more social values. I think a major controversy, is that schools don’t feel they are responsible for this type of education, and further, many people feel that teenagers for instance are just not wise enough to grasp some of these ideas. I disagree and think we should develop a community that provides positive development for youth. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

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