Compassion doesn't have to be a "deep sorrow", just the willingness to be moved to ease the pain of another, the willingness to care.
You cannot win a war against something that you are actively creating or promoting, such as Poverty, Drugs, Crime, Racism, or Unemployment. AIDS was human-created but the epidemic was spread through irresponsible conduct, ignorance, the War on Drugs, the War on Poverty, the War on Sexuality, the War on Terrorism, and the Privilege War created by hierarchy. All wars of dehumanization.
The Compassion Project has one central principle/axiom/law/regulation/commandment:
Thou Shalt Not Be An Ass-Hole, Even To Thy Self.
Compassion doesn't have to be a "deep sorrow", just the willingness to be moved to ease the pain of another, the willingness to care. To see another person and their suffering as like your own, regardless of cause, because they are like you. The Golden Rule is based on nature's laws, physics, not belief or faith. Actions get returned with equal force. Compassion is the straightest path that prevents the action from being bounced off at an angle, distracted from its intention and altered to produce a different effect. Love has too many angles. Deep sorrow would be too close to total empathy, actually experiencing the pain of another. According to the story, there was only one person capable of actually feeling all our pain and surviving, but he sweated blood.
We don't have to sweat blood, just be willing to care and do something.
You don't have to be the sole cause of brilliant, widespread, irresistible, earthshaking, change, just a part of the critical mass needed to start a chain-reaction.
That’s the Project.
|If he didn't say it, he should have.|
Even an anus gives a crap occasionally, only an ass-hole doesn't. An ass-hole only forces through undigested assumptions.
Armstrong urges us to follow the lead of the Buddha.
"The Buddha looked at the world… with compassion and saw the world in pain and spent the next 40 years of his life trying to help people to live with their pain. This is our message now. This is what every one of us can do: to increase awareness of the pain of the world, to let it disturb us. It's not easy... We should all be sweating with the effort of how to bring the message of compassion - that alone can save our world - to public awareness."