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What's Happening? - Compassion

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"Nobody foresaw the world shortage of respect"1, so compassion and empathy are perhaps our best responses to the growing realisation that even as we watch each other post and connect and feed and comment and tweet, what goes on in other people's heads is becoming ever more puzzling.

The term "compassion" has fallen out of touch with reality, argued journalist Krista Tippett, who deconstructs the meaning of compassion through stories, and proposes a new definition, linking it with kindness, "curiosity without assumptions", empathy, forgiveness, beauty, generosity and presence.

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Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else- you are the one who gets burned - Buddha

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The best revenge is to live well - Friedrich Nietzsche

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Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much - Oscar Wilde

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What cannot be altered must be borne, not blamed -

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To forgive is not just to be altruistic - it is the best form of self-interest - Desmond Tutu

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There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness - Josh Billings (1818-85)

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There is no reason to forgive the subhuman who murder, and even less reason to forgive those who incite them - Arieh Raviv, Holocaust survivor, letter to Time magazine, 17/06/06

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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong - Mahatma Gandhi