What is compassion? ‘Compassion is in my nature, does that mean I care too much?’ Am I allowing my emotions to control me even if it goes against my better judgement? Do I care too much about my neighbour or even the stranger on the corner?
The definition of compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is hurting, in pain or has misfortune and is accompanied by a strong desire to help suffering. In other words, how much does humanity and all that goes with it affect your day-to day life?
Humanity is the human race, which includes everyone on earth. It is also a word for the qualities that make us human, such as the ability to love and have compassion with one another. Humanity is derived from the latin word, humanitas which means human nature. Humanity includes all the humans, but it can also refer to the kind feelings humans often have for each other. When people do bad things, it tests your faith in humanity. When people ask for money to help feed starving children, they’re appealing to your sense of humanity.
So if compassion is such an admirable quality, why is it that so many lack it? We live in a world where the general rule of survival is trample or be trampled upon. Some will say that compassion is a sign of weakness.
As everything else in life, there is a very fine line to draw. Without compassion for another human’s well-being, you might be seen as a self-centred narcissist. On the other hand, with too much compassion you might shoot yourself in the foot. We all have a purpose, a destiny, for some it might be to make life a bit more bearable for others. But it is not worth it if you destroy yourself in the process.
I had to learn that fact the hard way, there was a time in my life where I would try to move the planet for someone, I couldn’t understand why that same person would stab me in the back. I had to learn that it is not selfish to make sure that I am ok first, then worry about the rest.
I cannot think of a better song which says all I want to say, than Scars from Papa Roach, I just love this song, it speaks to my soul, and this might sound a bit weird but it is one of my feel-good songs. I can listen to it over and over and over again. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
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