a reply to: ancientthunder
which for some people is very difficult if not impossible
Here, Thunder, I think you may have lit upon a core conundrum of our human condition.
I do not know if compassion is a default condition within the human mind. That is if it just comes naturally. To some degree it may, I don't know. If
it does it may not come naturally to all of us, maybe only a portion of us and then most probably in varying degrees. I don't know.
I do think though that compassion can be developed. If one has that spark already, it can be widened and used to open a pathway to a fuller
experience and expression of what being human can be. It often hurts.
I see compassion as an ability to see oneself,or rather to ask oneself how would I feel were I undergoing the tribulations of another. In a sense
here, there is a sharing of that tribulation. While the person who is undergoing the tribulation is often mired within the tribulation and can find no
way out, can find no solution to the situation, the compassionate one may be able to not only experience that tribulation, but also being once
removed from from it, see more clearly a way out and in doing so may be able to help that person to emerge from their emotional prison.
Should this happen, if this happens, this experience of sharing might spark the compassion in the others. And maybe not. Certainly there are those who
have had little compassion expressed towards them and may never really know that it is a potential within them also.
I have a sneaking suspicion that these people may be people who use the term "bleeding heart" when describing people who base their lives on
compassion. My sneaking suspicion extends to considering that these 'compassionately challenged' people can extend their concerns outward from
themselves to possibly their own families, and maybe some of their friends but not much further, though this is at this point only a suspicion.
In this light, I suspect that what these folk might see in compassion is a loss of self, or rather the breaking down of the strongly held boundaries
they have held between themselves and , (well, I'm just gonna jump to existentialism here,) chaos. By engaging in this act of compassion as you
suggest above, I think that those locked within those temporary boundaries which help nurture a developing consciousness may, if they are strong
enough within themselves, see their way out into the larger whole.
I hope I have managed to add to your thoughts here and not to have jumped off into my own wonderland of spastically considered speculations.