The practice of compassion

March 6, 2012

If you want others to be happy,
practice compassion
If you want to be happy,
practice compassion.
-The Dalai Lama

Compassion is in short supply in some places,
and I’m not sure why.

It’s true that the Judeo-Christian ethic uses
the very misunderstood “an eye for an eye”
as a reason to not feel compassion.

Reasonable people think this is simply
a way to express the idea that punishment should
fit the crime and the circumstances.
In other words: not be too harsh or too lenient.

It doesn’t mean a life for a life
or anything like that.

What really changes if we exchange
one life for another?

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