Can Compassion Become the New Civic Virtue?

Can Compassion Become the New Civic Virtue?

By Mary Jaksch

Compassion has a bad rap. Well, maybe not bad, but at least squishy. It’s equated with weakness, with saccharine spirituality, with turning the other cheek instead of fighting back, with heroic self-sacrifice too good to be true, with feel-good stories stuck right at the end of news casts.

But what if we thought about compassion in a new way?

In the video below, journalist Krista Tippett deconstructs the meaning of compassion through several moving stories, and proposes a new, more attainable definition for the word.
(If you can’t see the video, go here to watch it.)

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About the author

Mary Jaksch

Mary is passionate about helping people create a happy, purposeful, and fulfilling life. She is the founder of GoodlifeZEN and also the brains behind, one of the biggest blogs for writers on the Net. Mary is also a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

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