A Note on Compassion
a short essay | fall 2017
“I believe, what connects humanity is our humanity, the fact that we are all in this together, experiencing the same struggles, triumphs, feelings of love, worthiness or unworthiness. This concept needs to be reflected on more often as we interact with one another and experience life.”
We are all human and therefore faced with the same rudimentary questions of acceptance, loneliness, joy and more fundamentally, love. Ultimately, I believe we are all experiencing the need to be connected, understood, to feel, give and receive love. Intrinsically, we want to be connected to one another; we want to survive and do it together.
This unified experience, manifests in different ways and changes from person to person. Environment, conditions and experiences, all shape the way we learn to behave and interact with the world. Our character is developed based on the way we have learned to survive and combat loneliness but regardless of what this result looks like, it does not remove our humanity from the equation and thus our basic need for connection and love.
This considered, I believe, what connects humanity is in fact our humanity, the fact that we are all in this together, experiencing the same struggles, triumphs, feelings of love, worthiness or unworthiness. This concept needs to be reflected on more often as we interact with one another and experience life.
I have been practicing compassion, largely through non- judgment and patience. Compassion to me is being able to see myself in others, being a little more sensitive to their humanity, knowing they are only human, just as I am; we are one and the same.
Let’s be grateful and find solace in the unity of human spirit, even though, at times, it may not look or feel as if we are unified. Let’s practice patience with one another and remember that when we give to others we are giving to ourselves.
words: carter reid
photo: carter reid