Why do we sometimes lack compassion? I have always wondered this. Maybe I lacked it for some periods of my life. Compassion is an interesting thing. Do you have compassion? Do we all somewhere deep down have compassion?
Feeling compassion for others is given to us only if we want it and are truly ready for it. Compassion is similar to empathy, it is seeing the world through the eyes of someone else, feeling and understanding someone’s suffering and pain but also their joy and happiness.
Why do some of us not care about other people other than our family or circle. Why do we just live our lives and forget about those who need us. Honestly, I cannot answer that question because I am still trying to figure it out.
Compassion for mental illness is tricky. Because my illness is invisible. I do not receive as much compassion as a visible illness. That is really not okay, but that is just something I have to deal with.
Nevertheless, I give compassion, and even though I may not get it, I have compassion, and I am glad that I have compassion. With compassion, I care about everyone, I care about the person with millions of dollars and I care about the person who has absolutely nothing. I seek to understand, to see the world through someone else’s eyes and truly understand them.
Keep all of your money, forget about people in need, do not understand someone’s pain or suffering and live as you wish. Until you are ready, you will not understand compassion or empathy.
And only when you are ready to receive the ability to give compassion for everyone, once you see compassion and are given compassion, it stays with you, it teaches you and it reminds you that everyone deserves compassion, no matter what circumstance.
2 thoughts on “compassion.”
Sam, you asked two very profound questions.
Why do some of us not care about other people other than our family or circle?
Why do we just live our lives and forget about those who need us?
You also stated you are not sure of the answer to either question.
If you are referring to yourself in those questions, then I’d say you are on your way to answering the questions simply by working through your thoughts in such a blog post.
If you are referring to others in those questions, then I’d say you are also on your way to answering the questions because you are trying to find compassion for all people. Perhaps in these cases it’s not for us to understand the answer itself. But only for us to make a legitimate attempt to understand those people and have compassion for their own reasons for not attending to others outside their circle. I think at that point growth can happen for everyone in that equation.
Wonderful post! Apologies for my overly long commentary.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!
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Great response Paul! Thank you!