What is compassion? An inherent potential within us all, compassion isn’t merely a warm-hearted feeling of empathy for the suffering of others. It is also the determined, sustained, and practical resolve to do whatever is possible to relieve their suffering. For this reason, compassion is often referred to as the highest form of love, rousing us to action on behalf of others, and flowing out of our felt sense of interconnectedness. What a blessed miracle compassion is—though it’s often unrecognized by our culture’s materialistic orientation to health and economics.
I’ve come to realize that the natural development of compassion in children is short-circuited, unfortunately, by forcing them to participate in meat-based meals.