There are a lot of misconceptions about compassion, especially the assumption that if you have compassion for someone whose behavior is violent, inappropriate, rude, etc. that you'd be condoning that behavior.
And so it's become quite fashionable to show as much vitriol as possible for the “opposing side” or for someone who is not as good, pure, devoted, or righteous as you are — in order to demonstrate just how much you care.
We live in a time where the more moral outrage you feel, the more indignant you are, the more cynical and angry you are...the more it shows you care. But it doesn't. It just shows how indignant, cynical, and angry you are.
If someone violates, hurts, or kills someone else, it’s an indication that compassion is lacking. The solution is not to withhold the very thing that is missing — but to fill the lack with compassion.
Where there is the absence of compassion means there is a need for more compassion — not less.
Compassion doesn't condone bad behavior; it helps transcend it.
Unconditional compassion is one of the sessions in this year's Compassion in Action conference, and I can't wait to dig deeper with all of you so we can bring more compassion into this world — not less. (Go to CompassionInActionConference.com to register.)
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