(#432) Compassion

“That which is hateful to you, do not do to another. That is the whole Law.
The rest is commentary. Now go and learn.”
—Rabbi Hillel—

The election season turns a bright light on a tarnished process. Reasoned discourse?  Recognize differences and seek a place we can agree? Respect the opponent? Respect the opponent’s followers? Compassion?

Religious writer Karen Armstrong said in an interview with Bill Moyers,

It is not enough for us in the western democratic tradition simply to seek the truth. We also have to defeat and humiliate our opponents. And that happens in politics. It happens in the law courts. It happens in religious discourse. It happens in the media. It happens in academia. Very different from Socrates, the founder of the rationalist tradition, who when you had dialogues with Socrates, you came thinking that you knew what you were talking about.  Half an hour later, with Socrates, you realized you didn’t know anything at all. And at that moment, says Socrates, your– quest can begin.”

That was 2009.  Not sure we have made progress on “questioning the Buddha.”

With the help of TED organization, Armstrong spearheaded a movement to put the Golden Rule into action worldwide. The Charter for Compassion starts with a reminder

“…To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism,  or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity….”

Most of us may not be able to start a worldwide movement, but like a retired couple in Atlantic Beach, Florida, we may be able to start a local ripple for compassion.

We must go beyond words, though. If we say, “love reigns here,” do we live those words. Or do we just love those with whom we agree?  Are we inclusive or exclusive with our compassion?

Tough. And. Worthy.


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