Compassion Versus the Masses

Boxing Gloves

We’re a funny bunch us humans. Predictable one minute, surprising the next. How well do you reckon you know yourself? And what about society at large?

Would you have guessed the reaction that #illridewithyou generated after the 2014 Sydney hostage crisis?

It’s a rare and seemingly random occurrence when compassion overrides competing emotions. How can we make it more commonplace? What’s the ‘formula’ for compassion?


  • Fatigue  +  Annoying Person  =  Irritability
  • Meetings  x  3 Days In A Row  =  Pressure
  • 50 Friends  @  Your Surprise Birthday Party  =  Humbleness, and
  • Love  +  Holiday  =  Joy


  • WTF  =  Compassion?

In order for compassion to come to the forefront, all other emotions must take a back seat. (Compassion versus the masses.)

Compassion doesn’t sit alongside anger, happiness, or stress. It doesn’t play games with pride, honour or ego. It never rests on its laurels and it’s always ready for more situations to lend its hand to.

Compassion is a stand alone emotion.

If your life is minus compassion, are there other feelings overwhelmingly present that won’t allow it through?

I notice compassion is most absent when I’m battling with my anger. Not when I’m angry… but when I’m battling with my anger.

It’s so obvious.

I am battling; with my anger.

For compassion to shine through all I need do is lay down my gloves.

I’m only fighting with myself.


Sue McKay
Loving life as I boldly go where I've never been before. I'm a writer, photographer, and business owner of Kick It To Me Enterprises with a Grand-Canyon-sized vision involving my Nikon, sport, and my blog.

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