Compassion

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“Compassion is the basis of all morality.”
(Arthur Schopenhauer, philosopher)

Back in October 2015, my mother died after a very long fight against cancer in the hospital and a few weeks ago my father died as well. I consider myself to be very fortunate, having been able to be with both until the very end.

I remember driving home from the hospital in the middle of the night after my mother had died and thinking about how incredibly caring, helpful and compassionate the doctors and nurses had been at all times. I had the same feeling after my father had died – incidentally in the same hospital – and wondered how we, as individuals and society, honor and value this, at times extraordinary empathy.

And then one thought led to the next:

Wouldn’t it be nice, if politicians treated their constituents the same way?

Wouldn’t it be nice, if corporations treated their customers the same way?

Wouldn’t it be nice, if we treated each other the same way?

These positive experiences at the hospital woke me up and ultimately led me to re-prioritize my own life. In the process, I developed a healthy dose of skepticism about the world we live in and how we are, all too often, not living up to our rights and responsibilities.

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