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
“have you no compassion for a fellow human being?”
What is compassion? It is a state of mind, is it a way of life? Is it a word that has lost its connection to its synonyms? Does it trend, does it go viral, does it get liked, and does it get shared? Does it click?
Should it not be “I treat victims with compassion” or “do you give of yourself the act of compassion onto fellow human beings?”
Is it time to breathe life into the nature of being compassionate?
I like this version of compassion better:
“The true meaning of compassion will only become clear if one lives a life of compassion. There is no other way. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world. Compassion, real compassion, is not an emotion: it is a commitment. You will keep this commitment in spite of your emotions. It is not dependent on something so fickle as emotions.” – Jos Slabbert http://www.taoism.net/theway/ttc.htm
It is quite one thing to feel compassion, it is another thing to feel pity, yet it is quite powerful to perform acts of compassion. I believe that is how change is enabled. I think per chance that is how we are able to connect, to ourselves, to others and to humanity to create harmony.
Shall we seek and see if we shall find?
For some reason this quote from Albert Einstein jumps to mind:
“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
Shall we do unto others as you would have others do unto you?
If you feel pity then act upon it with compassion.
You never know until you try.