Raising Compassionate Kids, Rethinking Compassion for Adults

That which is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the Torah. The rest is commentary. Rabbi Hillel

The Golden Rule has been around a while. Some think it was first taught by Confucius. Yet, according to religious scholar and worldwide compassion ambassador Karen Armstrong, this core idea, that you must not do to others what you would not want done to you, is at the heart of all religions. And she thinks this unifying thread is the secret to saving our world, if only we’d remember to follow it. Of course, we want to raise compassionate kids, and there are tips and resources below. But we also must consider how we, the adults, are doing.

Are we compassionate only to our children, house plants and those who pay us well or smile back at us at the customer service counter?

Is compassion bigger than this?

Are we compassionate with our investments?

Compassionate shoppers?

Is compassion something people must earn from us?

It’s easy to get teary-eyed over pictures of starving children, but what about angry inmates?

What will it take for compassion to change the world?

by Andrew Andestic