Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or
pains of another. Compassion is often regarded as having an emotional aspect to it, though when based on
cerebral notions such as fairness, justice and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature
and its application understood as an activity based on sound judgment.
There is also an aspect of compassion which regards a quantitative dimension, such that individual’s
compassion is often given a property of “depth,” “vigor,” or “passion.” The etymology of “compassion” is
Latin, meaning “co-suffering.” More involved than simple empathy, compassion commonly gives rise to an
active desire to alleviate someone’s suffering.
Compassion is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as
altruism. In ethical terms, the expressions down the ages of the so-called Golden Rule often embodies by
implication the principle of compassion: Do unto others as you would want them do unto you!
Authentic leadership and general leadership may be the keys to increasing compassion in the workplace.
Similarly, acting in concordance with one’s authentic self-concept is critical for the expression of care
and compassion. Self-compassion may have positive effects on subjective happiness, optimism, wisdom,
curiosity, agreeableness, and extroversion.
Specific activities may increase feelings of and readiness to practice compassion; some of these
activities include creating a morning ritual, practicing empathy, practice random acts of kindness, and
creating evening routines.
The Christian Bible’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians is but one place where God is spoken of as the
“Father of compassion” and the “God of all comfort.” It reads as follows: 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 “Praise be
to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who
comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we
ourselves received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also
through Christ our comfort overflows.
If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort,
which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm,
because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
Jesus embodies for Christians, the very essence of compassion and relational care. Christ challenges
Christians to forsake their own desires and to act compassionately towards others, particularly those in
need or distress.
Jesus assures his listeners in the Sermon on the Mount that, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall
obtain mercy.” In the Parable of the Good Samaritan he holds up to his followers the ideal of
compassionate conduct. True Christian compassion, say the Gospels, should extend to all, even to the
extent of loving one’s enemies.
Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will
not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. This is a
good example of the kind of compassion the Lord has for us. The physical world can be moved, yet the love
will not be moved.
The two Great Commandments exemplify the Christian Gospel as being founded on love and compassion, as
being the most important teachings in the Law and the Prophets.
The United Societies is envisioned to be an internet based benevolent and fraternal world society for
human advancement and social peace. Its chief purposes are: 1) Universal Esprit De Corps, 2) Benevolent
Aspirations, 3) Societal Development. The United Societies is the parent organization of the World
Benevolent Association, and the grandparent organization of the Society For World Advancement and the
Society For World Peace (with both their proposed respective cultural centers).
The centers of the societies are for the benefit of its members, and shall be for the cause of humanity
in that it shall, first of all contribute to the spiritual welfare, advancement and peace of humanity,
the mental and physical health and well-being of mankind in that there shall be programs utilizing people
on an one on one basis.
To Exercise the edification of the human spirit to bear and bring-forth evidence that where there is
anguish and fear mankind can be comforted and where he or she be unknowledgeable, uneducated, and
underdeveloped such a person can be instructed in the things needed for the total personification of that
person as should be performed to the ultimate credence and glory of the Creator-God, and the Lord’s
creation which is mankind wholly.
Although there are many forms of friendship, some of which may vary from place to place, certain
characteristics are present in many types of bond. Such characteristics include affection; sympathy;
empathy; honesty; altruism; mutual understanding and compassion; enjoyment of each other’s company;
trust; and the ability to be oneself, express one’s feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment
from the friend.
Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between people. Friendship is a stronger form of
interpersonal bond than an association. Friendship has been studied in academic fields such as
communication, sociology, social psychology, anthropology, and philosophy. Various academic theories of
friendship have been proposed, including social exchange theory, equity theory, interpersonal
communication theory, and attachment styles. A World Happiness Database study found that people with
close friendships are happier.
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