28 thoughts on “Question of the Day – 9/18/16

  1. Compassion and love are action verbs, not ideals that I just sit around and think about. I donated our Dodge van to a disabled veterans’ organization recently in honor of my late husband’s birthday on 1 September. This was my way of honoring his memory and helping someone else. Seems to me that helping others is why we’re here.

  2. Compassion is a much abused word with those who use it most often wearing their so-called “compassion” on their sleeve. True compassion does not make a song and dance but is demonstrated by practical actions such as the lady who donated her late husband’s van to a veterans charity. Compassion is not always a straightforward matter. For example the automatic reaction on seeing a homeless person may be to give them money. However large numbers of homeless people suffer from drug and alcohol addiction and giving cash directly may simply lead to it being used to purchase liquor or drugs. In contrast money given to a homeless charity is (arguably) more compassionate as it will be spent to provide food and shelter for the homeless rather than on substance abuse. Having said that, I have, on occasions given money directly to homeless persons. My “compassion” has been aroused when it is a freezing cold evening and I come across a homeless man or woman sitting begging in the street. However by giving under these circumstances I may, I must acknowledge be encouraging drug or alcohol dependence. Kevin

      1. I think it is easy to not take action because we try to figure out what someone is going to do with the money, but that is not our job. Our job is to help. Just my opinion.

  3. Compassion as a verb – interesting. I’ve always seen the word more often as a noun, but, as a noun, what sort of thing is it? It denotes a way of relating, of feeling-with and acting out of that experience, and a practice (in that sense a verb?), an emotional, spiritual, and perceptual muscle that needs exercise and development, and learning the skills (Upaya) of its application in action. It has companions – love (Agape), empathy, kindness, forbearance, mercy, friendship.. Too often, we tend to think of it mainly in the manner of, “I feel your pain.” but it also includes, “I feel your joy,” as well and that is just as important. Who has not known the pain of disappointment when another takes no pleasure in our joy? If compassion is a way of being in the world, is it then a verb? Perhaps – why not?

  4. Making an honest attempt to understand someone and their situation, and act to help that person. This doesn’t have to be a large act of kindness, it can be a smile or a conversation. Having compassion, being compassionate… Verbs 🙂

  5. Compassion, for me, is a combination of empathy and sympathy. Sympathy is the capacity to feel badly for a person’s situation and empathy is the recognition that, but for the grace of God, that could be you. I’m a few paychecks separated from the homeless person I see or an illness away from a disabled person struggling to make it down the street.

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