To put a finer point on it, our collective desire to avoid slight dis-ease, compounds other’s suffering. (more…)
I suppose we learn compassion in many small and rarely very large ways. Indeed, the opportunity to learn compassion is in front of us most days in multiple ways. We are not always open to the lesson. We do not always see the suffering of others and our connection to it. And, on those occasions (for some rare) when we do feel our connection to other’s suffering, we push it away, repress it, or deny it because it makes us feel bad. It is too easy to avoid feeling bad in the desire to maintain harmony with ourselves; a sense that we are alright. As normal as this impulse is, it cuts us off from feeling compassion. It limits our capacity to care for others both within and without our inner circle of friends and family. The sad result is it greatly diminishes our ability to – if not directly ease other’s suffering – to not add to it unwittingly.