The quest for personal happiness is at the root of the Dalai Lama’s belief in compassion. He says:
“If the body is content, we virtually ignore it. The mind, however, registers every event, no matter how small. Hence we should devote our most serious efforts to bringing about mental peace. From my own limited experience I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater our own sense of well-being becomes.”
But do we sincerely recognize the necessity of practicing compassion in our daily lives? The philosophy of Ayn Rand has come to the fore recently in the battle leading to President Obama’s re-election. The author and political thinker’s collection of essays “The Virtues of Selfishness” emphasizes her belief that charity is neither a moral duty nor a primary virtue. Some politicians have used this line of thought to justify their recommendations for cutting government support to the poor, sick, disabled, and seniors.
The proposals for new legislation that we see coming from Washington bring under question the existence of compassion as a meaningful human impulse in today’s world. Do we still care about one another? Is the pursuit of personal success and wealth going to define us as a nation, to the exclusion of caring and benevolence?
The Charter for Compassion
Unveiled in 2009, the Charter for Compassion is an international cooperative effort whose goal is to promote not only compassionate thinking, but also compassionate action in society, including religious, moral, and social life. It emphasizes making a commitment to put ourselves in the shoes of others in all ethical matters.
You can sign the charter, Like the organization’s Facebook page, and learn more about conferences, events, and community activism here.
Compassion in the workplace
How many of us have had managers and supervisors who believe that putting pressure on employees is the only way to get us to be productive? Ayn Rand seems to have invaded our business culture as well as our political environment.
A new field of research has shown that an ethic of compassion rather an environment of stress will lead to a better-functioning workplace and lead to increased profits. The Stanford School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education tells us that a stress-free working environment lowers health care costs and decreases employee turnover.
A compassionate workplace encourages bonding among employees, increases psychological happiness, and boosts employee health by lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and strengthening the immune system.
Our wish for world compassion
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