Sunday, October 31, 2010

Compassion

I would rather feel compassion
than know the meaning of it.
— Thomas Aquinas

Note to Saint Thomas:
I'm with you about preferring the feeling of compassion to knowing its meaning, but I'd like to entertain the possibility of not having to choose between feeling and knowing compassion.

I believe that with some intention, determination, and effort, we might be able to both feel and know compassion quite deeply——and reap rich rewards for our efforts.

4 comments:

Paul C said...

Both feeling and knowing compassion...you add an all encompassing, rich perspective here.

steven said...

teaching - which also means learning - compels so much feeling and knowing as you know. it has been one of my greatest gifts to learn all that i have and still am as a result of working with young children. steven

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Paul. And thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Dan Gurney said...

steven, I feel so privileged to spend a working life with young children! Young children have a nearer grasp on reality than most adults suppose.