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How "compassionate" can you be? (The opposite thread)
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I don't have much to say about this topic. But I know I'm a nice person and always will be. It's just that I generally have a strong hatred on people. I know it's a bit too far, but people these days can annoy the heck out of me.
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I've done a lot of things I'd consider compassionate, but looking back they were mostly out of boredom and/or curiosity.
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I donate to SPCA every month...no...wait...that's for animals only XD

I think the best I have done was when I was a little girl. The kids in my class were really bad kids, they liked to make fun of fat kids, black kids and poor kids. There was this girl in my class who was constantly bullied by some assholes (and they were only like 10!) she even cried in class one day so I stepped up to defend her. After the brats went away, I told her she was beautiful and they were liars (they were calling her fat ugly banana). It was the first time I spoke to her, that day we hung out together and I went to her house. I remember that before saying good bye, I kissed her on the cheek(I was such a weird kid ) and told her not to mind the other kids. She smiled and I never saw her again the next day the teacher said that she changed schools.



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I believe everyone is capable of great good and great evil.
And personally, I used to be VERY compassionate but people were always giving me crap and nobody could appreciate my "Do onto others as you would have them do to you" and my "turn the other cheek" philosophies. Eventually, teenage years hit me, I fell into that teenage depression and now I hate everyone.
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NintendoFan05 wrote:

I don't have much to say about this topic. But I know I'm a nice person and always will be. It's just that I generally have a strong hatred on people. I know it's a bit too far, but people these days can annoy the heck out of me.


This more or less describes me as well.
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I can't remember doing anything that could be considered great kindness.
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I used to be a perfectly decent Buddhist. Real give-the-shirt-off-my-back kind of guy.

Nowadays I have a complex web of social rules only I understand. For the right situations, I will have endless patience for a person. Kids and animals get a free pass. For the rest, it depends how long I've known them, my emotional investment, and at least half a dozen other factors which will create an outcome ranging from "just this once" to "you're just SOL."

The thing you have to understand about helping people is there's a difference between something bad that just blindsides them, people who have done whatever it is to themselves (it's usually this one), and out of that second group, people who simply could not have known any better.

Eastern psychology treats things differently than in the West. You don't fix problems one at a time, you fix that which creates problems. Once you open that gate, they have no excuses left, because the emergent core practices have been revealed. Think of it as teaching a starving neighbor how to garden, giving them soil and seeds, then watching the dumbass starve anyway because they refuse to pull up their own carrots. Most people are like that, and while you're obligated to try to help in most situations, you have to set reasonable boundaries for yourself and your time.
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