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Respect

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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Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

halcyon.admin 17 June 2013
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At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the world. You teach us: not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share - not be greedy. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to do? - Severin Suzuki, 12 year old girl making speech to UN

halcyon.admin 17 June 2013

On Heroes

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Pace David Bowie, and in the light of the hagiography building in some quarters around the late Steve Jobs, one wonders who are the real enduring, beyond "just for one day" heroes, ancient and modern?

A good candidate from my childhood is Alexander the Great, from the moment I first shed a tear when reading in a Ladybird history book (a constant companion, and part of a set which I preserve with fondness and gratitude to this day) about Alexander dying (at just 33, thereby giving him a special bond with Jesus in my young mind) "far from his homeland".  As a long-standing, albeit non-heroic exile from my own homeland, this still resonates...

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You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk and water, mingle together - Buddha

halcyon.admin 8 April 2011
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We could define love...as a kind of respect, a sensitivity by one person to another's existence. To be shown love is to feel ourselves the object of concern - Alain de Botton, Status Anxiety, p11

halcyon.admin 8 April 2011
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We are beginning to be challenged by a wider imagination, hungry for encouragement, for someone who will listen, for loyalty and trust, and above all for respect -Theodore Zeldin, Intimate History of Humanity, p135

halcyon.admin 8 April 2011
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This is the first test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him - William Lyon Phelps

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