Saturday, 2 May 2015

Tragedy as a Source of Strength


"Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength. No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful the experience, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster." 
—H.H. Dalai Lama
Just reading the latest call from the Charter for Compassion in response to the situation in Nepal, for those crossing into Europe, and Baltimore's Freddy Gray. Charter for Compassion's message is that all of these tragedies call out for compassion and compassionate action.
As the Dalai Lama reminds us, we must have hope, but our real hope exists in the action we bring to tragedy. 
I turn to Walt Whitman, as ever, for inspiration and insight on this path of compassion:
"I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person." And: "Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us." 

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