compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
I can also act in ways that I believe are compassionate
to the people right in front of me, and you might think,
“Isn’t that compassion for others?” But really, it’s compassion for myself in another form. It’s another
Imagine the pain you feel when you see someone else
suffering — the suffering you feel is real suffering, just
as the other person is suffering. Yet, most people don’t
actually ease that suffering in themselves.
So, how do you ease that suffering in yourself when
you see someone else suffering?
You reach out, empathize, make a connection, and look
for a way to reduce the other person’s suffering, and your
own. If the other person opens up, that’s great. If not,
that’s OK, because you’ve reached out and let them know
that you too suffer when you see them suffer.
That’s a powerful thing. And so you ease your own suffering, and it’s a selfish sort of compassion.
But that’s the only kind there is.
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