An ounce of compassion


We live in a time of disturbing trends. From the “Me Generation” to war torn nations, to terrorism, to abject apathy — everything seems destined to force humanity on a collision course with madness. Somehow the immediacy of nearly everything has soiled our souls and stripped us of the one thing that truly defines our species — compassion.

Hate begets hate. Jealousy begets jealousy. Ignorance begets ignorance.

The lack of compassion allows it all to unfold. From the smallest incident to the most senseless war — the human animal sits back and allows it all to tear away at the warp and weft of our collective heart. The end game to this constant barrage of negativity is the dissolution of the soul.

  • War
  • Terrorism
  • Bigotry
  • Homphobia
  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Classism

Nothing good ever comes from the above. Yes, I know there are those that would argue the end result of war can be positive — and, in some cases, I would agree (If war is used to free the oppressed or stop terrorism). But holy war? What good comes of that? The rest of the list? You can’t argue for those points. Period. Nothing good comes of such ignorance.

The solution? Compassion. According to Wikipedia, compassion is:

the understanding or empathy for the sufferingĀ of others and helping them to come out from the suffering.

Of course I wouldn’t limit the definition of “others” to just mankind. I would include the whole of the animal kingdom in thatĀ definition. And I like to think this solution could easily conform to chaos theory. What I mean is this — a single act of compassion could easily have a ripple effect across the globe and effect every living being. All from a single act. Who knows, a simple moment started by one soul and perpetuated by another could end hunger, war, hatred… anything. But it cannot start if the human race is still stuck in within a tomb of their own hatred.

I would ask those of you in the Jackverse to spread the word of compassion. It takes so much less energy to be kind than to hate. Accept your fellow man simply because it’s the right thing to do. Drop the filter of race, religion, sexuality, gender, class and see everyone for what they are — human. If you peel away our flesh, are we not the same underneath? If you remove the fatality of fanaticism are we not all working toward the same goal — to live life to its fullest?

The human spirit is a wondrous thing; but that spirit cannot flourish if it is being crushed by hatred. If humankind is to survive, it will only do so under the care of a compassionate hand. Let that start with you.

To end this post, I give you David Bowie’s “Black Tie, White Noise”.