A Case for Compassion
Compassion: sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.: “the victims should be treated with compassion”.
- synonyms: pity, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, charity
- antonyms: indifference, cruelty
Ok, so if we have the option of being compassionate, truly sympathizing or empathizing with others, we understand what motivates their behavior with regard to the circumstances that predicated their behavior(s). We can “walk in their shoes.” It is an act of caring for one another that results in well-being. Everyone at some point or other, feels blue or like they’re backed into a corner, or feels loss or regret, or isolated, or ostracized, left out or different, less than others, or lacking purpose or value. This is part of the human experience.
To not feel alone in this, helps us to cope with the temporary nature of such feelings. We are emotional beings, who need care, by others and self-care. Self-care is a learned response to periods of emotional distress that carries us to a place of peace once again, well-being. When we are treated with compassion and understanding we can become better able to develop and administer self-care, allowing us to balance feeling unhappy, or unwell temporarily with feeling well and happy again. Following the example of others treating us with compassion, allows, and paves the way for us to in turn, treat others and ourselves with compassion, overcoming the negative feelings of isolation, distress, depression, being cast aside or singled out.
Compassion is a thread that combined with other thoughtful actions, makes a fabric of society and its inhabitants. It paints a picture that we are not alone when we stand together, support each other. When we do this, we improve the cohesiveness of community, improve the quality of life for others and ourselves. We combine intuition and knowledge of many to create solutions to individual, group and societal issues that threaten our fragile premise.
The Golden Rule suggests that “we do unto others as we would have others do unto us.” It’s a simple rule, so simple that it’s regularly taught in Kindergarten. Treat others how we wish to be treated. Play fair. Don’t bully. Be kind. Be respectful. Be inclusive. Be helpful. Because when we don’t stand together, we are divided. Our strength is multiplied when we stand together and divided when we don’t support each other. So, let’s unite and live meaningful lives, for the good of the world. Try a little tenderness. We all, everyone single one of us, matter.