What is compassion?
My perspective is that compassion is an experience of equanimity. Like everything, it may also be impermanent. It may be a function of precision, the ability to see things as the really are. The experience of knowing that I don’t know what I don’t know is an essential perspective necessary for precision. So such precision may be a function of the collection of perspectives I own. This collection expands so long as I mindfully interact with others and create space in my thoughts for new perspectives. Hence to me compassion is not a goal, rather the consequence of growing perspectives.
What is judgement?
Perhaps judgement is not the problem, rather imprecise judgements. As a physician, I make judgements frequently about diagnosis and management plans; the value of these judgements depends on precision.
So given insufficient data, judgements are imprecise by definition, problematic and unnecessary. Hence knowing I don’t know what I don’t know mutivate me to create space for what I don’t know. This is the precision required to feel equanimous and experience compassion for others.
Knowing it is happiness.
Feeling it is joy.
Being it is bliss.
Knowing and feeling are both optional; enough to simply be bliss.
I think the only reason for knowing and feeling is to develop the languages needed to help others who are seeking their own path.
Every path is good; each moment depends on being in the moment and being aware of sufficient perspectives to appreciate the moment and respond to the moment.
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