It’s Time to Confront Our Compassion Phobia

When I was first invited to take part in Compassion Week, I had a bit of a reaction.It’s not that I didn’t want to get involved in next week’s events in San Francisco – it’s just that I have a problem with the word compassion.

Maybe it’s a guy thing, but compassion has always sounded a little too soft and fluffy for my liking, and I wondered whether some might just dismiss the idea of Compassion Week without stopping to find out what it was all about.

The people behind Compassion Week want to give the c-word a bit of a makeover. They have called on the City of San Francisco and the State of California “to make compassion a guiding principle for their businesses and public services”, and are staging a series of gatherings and discussions from Monday to Sunday to explain what this means – and how it can be achieved.