Compassion in Action – Part 2
20 March 2020
The alignment of our actions will determine the achievement of the desired result. For humanity, our desired result must consist of a better global human civilization that has the best interest in mind for every single member of the human species. While we strive to achieve this goal, we must consistently calibrate our actions to ensure they will guide us towards this goal. Previously we discussed self-compassion and expanding our perception of how we can be more self-compassionate in all areas of our life. As human beings, we can continually expand the parameters that our compassion can reach, and as we expand to a new level of all-inclusive compassion we will then be able to achieve the goal of a better global human civilization.
Each action we take as a member of the human species heightens or detracts from the possibility of achieving this goal, and if the achievement of this goal is dictated by our actions then we must ensure our actions are guided properly. If we are to ensure we are being guided towards this goal we must strive to strengthen our abilities to be guided. Our journey towards strengthening our ability to demonstrate and live this all-inclusive compassion started with a potentially unfamiliar area of self-compassion. We must now direct our attention to a more practical perception of how a human being would display compassion. This is the act of demonstrating compassion to other human beings.
As the HCRC, we believe that every human being can demonstrate compassion. If you feel that some are not compassionate to others, the least we can assume is that this human being experiences a sense of self-compassion. For the majority of human beings, the question that we must analyze is to what extent that a human being’s compassion may reach? To answer this question, we must understand the different levels that human beings may extend their compassion.
If we were to analyze the majority of human beings across our global human civilization, the first and most logical circle of other human beings that most of us will demonstrate compassion towards would be our most immediate loved ones. When we think of the principle of compassion in which one is acting in a manner that is both aware of another’s suffering and actively working to reduce that person’s suffering, it would be instinctual for us to apply that to our loved ones. As human beings, the role of a loved one can apply to not only blood-related relatives and spouses but to another human being that is considered a close friend. It can even be said that animals serving as a human being’s pet can fulfill the role of a loved one. Regardless of who fulfills the role of loved ones for yourself as a human being, we can conclude that a mass majority of human beings have demonstrated compassion towards another form of life, whether existing as a human being or even as a pet of any type.
When it comes to the practice of demonstrating compassion towards another human being we must expand our compassion parameters and look past our circle of loved ones. Each member of the human species must strive to expand the parameters that dictate who they are willing to extend their compassion towards. It can be easily assumed that as human beings, there is a fair percentage of us who are willing to be compassionate towards friends, colleagues or even general acquaintances. Performing a simple yet helpful task in service towards another human being that we know, but by no means that we would consider a loved one. Many of us have fulfilled the role of demonstrating compassion towards another human being that falls into this category, which entails that many of us can demonstrate compassion if we choose. While most of us have fulfilled this role at least once up to this point in our existence, we should all know that there is always room to expand the parameters to which your compassion can be extended.
I put myself at the top of that list. The key to initiating a change is first recognizing a need for that change, and as the human species, we all must recognize that we have a dire need to expand our compassion parameters. We must look past the ones we love, and even the ones we know and would help out in their time of need, we must even be willing to be compassionate to those that we know nothing of, and that we may have judged in the past. For each human being, we must realize that we share a bond with every other member of the human species, and in turn, we must be willing to demonstrate compassion to even the least likely of humans you would want to be compassionate towards.
The question is how do we expand our abilities to willingly demonstrate compassion towards all other human beings? As the HCRC, we believe that the answer lies within the commonalities of the human species. When you can remind yourselves that every single member of the human species is experiencing existence just as we are, and is subject to live a life as a human being that ends in death on Planet Earth just as you are as well, then you can begin to gain a further appreciation for every other human being. When you can view the fellow members of your species in this regard, you can begin to see how we are all part of the collective story called humanity. In this story of humanity, we must realize that the only way we become the heroes at the end of the story is if we succeed as collective species. This is why it is crucial that we consistently remind ourselves of the bond we share as a species and demonstrate compassion towards all other human beings, especially in their time of need.
As we continually practice the principle of demonstrating compassion to our fellow human beings, we will become equipped with the abilities necessary towards building a better global human civilization. It is never an easy journey and something a close friend recently reminded me of is that we have to remember to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes. When it comes to the practice of expanding our compassion parameters, you may make mistakes, I know I’ve made more than I would like to ever admit, nonetheless it should never stop you from continuing the effort to expand the range in which your compassion parameters will reach. Join us next Friday, as we expand our perceptions of who and what we can be compassionate towards in the pursuit of expanding our compassion parameters even further.
Until next time, I am Jeff McCarty and I just want to thank you for your time in reading. Looking forward to seeing you next post around. In the meantime, don’t forget to explore our website and to follow the HCRC on social media. Thanks again.