Compassion is not what you think it is – Part 2
Hofman A Turing
This is the second part of an essay exploring compassion from the perspective of a member of The Satanic Temple (TST).
“Compassion has nothing to do with achievement at all. It is spacious and very generous. When a person develops real compassion, he is uncertain whether he is being generous to others or to himself because compassion is environmental generosity, without direction, without ‘for me’ and without ‘for them.’” – Chögyam Trungpa *
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented” – Elie Wiesel *
In the second part of this series we briefly explore Buddhist compassion, wisdom, will, and death.
In Part 1 I mentioned 20th century Tibetan master Chögyam Trungpa’s understanding that “true compassion has the potential to appear cruel or ruthless.*” To be clear, I am not suggesting that compassion cannot include acts of kindness. Nor am I promoting the idea that we should set out to be ruthless or cruel. Actual compassion requires a lot of maturity, skill, knowledge, and experience to know when it’s appropriate to go one way or the other.