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Compassion

  • Date Submitted: 10/07/2010 01:44 AM
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Compassion is a value often practiced in different societies such as religion, schools, and work. Though their practices are different, they have compassion as their virtues. But before we can practice it, we need to understand it. What is compassion? Although many people use that word, most do not know what the definition of the word is. One of the dictionary definitions is “deep awareness of the suffering another coupled with the wish to relieve it.” Another would be “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.”   Although there may be subtle nuances between definitions, we can safely agree that compassion can be summed up in two points. First, it is a human emotion that allows us to empathize with the people around us and second, it is a sense of altruism.
  Major religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam consider compassion to be one of the great virtues a person can possess. They teach their followers to do to others what they would want done to them. The famous saying “Do to others what you would have them do to you” was probably coined because of this. In my opinion, compassion is a thing that everyone wants to receive but reluctant to give out by most people. These categories of people don’t give compassion unless it has personal gains.
  Like money, most humans do not have a drive to give compassion as they see no reason why to do so but also like to receive it as it benefits them. We all want compassion, don’t we? But how do you expect to receive it if no one gives it. No one would deny its intrinsic good. So why people do not promote compassion? Is it because people have no time? Is it because you don’t know the person in need? Is it because you may not receive anything in return? Compassion is a thing that people do to help others regardless of time or the people being helped. And you do receive something in any acts of compassion done....

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