It’s becoming increasingly essential in our world today that we need to develop compassion on a larger scale.
Compassion is the recognition of another person’s suffering and the authentic desire to reduce suffering. Compassion supports our survival and it’s not something that we need to create within ourselves, we just need to uncover it and to cultivate what is already there. There is growing evidence that we have an instinctive compassionate way of being.
Research from the German Max Planck Institute found that infants will purposefully engage in helpful behaviours even if it means getting past obstacles. A reduction in suffering seems to bring us satisfaction; this appears to be whether we are helping others or observing supportive actions.