No One Is Left Out
SYNOPSIS: Compassion requires us to have concern for everyone. No one is left out. Everybody is included, even ourselves.
FEATURED MUSICIAN: Michael Robinson
Here is the ninth step in our twelve steps to a compassionate life: Concern for Everybody.
Karen Armstrong writes:
So far we have confined our attention to the immediate community. But as we saw at the very beginning, this is not enough. Some religious traditions are more pluralistic than others, but all have at least one strand that insists that we cannot confine our compassion to our own group: we must also reach out in some way to the stranger and the foreigner—even to the enemy. Chinese philosopher Mozi put it clearly when he insisted that the well-being of humanity was dependent upon jian al: “concern for everybody," a principled and practically oriented acknowledgment of the absolute equality of human beings. It is now time to apply what we have learned to the wider global community.
There you have it. Compassion requires us to have concern for everyone. No one is left out. Everybody is included, even ourselves.
To deepen our understanding of compassion our musicians this Sunday include singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael Robinson, along with Nick Halpin on drums; Gary Edwards, on bass guitar; Gary Buettner, singing and playing guitar; and Gwen Gathercoal singing and playing piano.
Compassion Communication is the buzz. Come and discover what it is, what it sounds like and how you can use it in your own life, which ultimately leads to the betterment of humanity.
In the compassionate way,