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Are You Compassionate?

  • Date: Wed, 10/22/2014 - 23:33
  • “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama.

It is easy to feel helpless when you are hit with a torrent of news about deadly floods leaving 2.3 million affected, stories about towns where sexual violence and rape are the norm, and a world where war, famine and disease are the daily lives of millions.

It is easy to turn to apathy – to become blameless and distance yourself from the suffering of others, telling yourself “it has nothing to do with me”. But recoiling from the painful experiences of fellow humans and becoming withdrawn and insular in our own comfortable lives is not the solution.

Instead, we must reach out to others in empathy and compassion. Reaching into the depths of our hearts to understand others will connect us as true citizens of the world. We are all responsible for the happiness of humanity.

Remaining compassionate is to preserve hope for humanity and the hope that a positive change is possible.

Positive change starts with you, the individual. The many actions of individuals grow into collective action to improve the lives of struggling communities in poverty and war-stricken countries.

FLOW International is where it is today thanks to the consistent compassion of others. Founded during Pakistan’s 2010 floods, we made a call for help and received thousands of responses. We were able to provide food and water aid to men, women and children who were left with nothing.

With the help of our individual donors and supporters, we brought together our collective resources and implemented a water filtration plant in Tharparkar and built the Rose School with an initial enrolment of 40 children.  

Imagine what we could do with the support of more people! The possibilities would be limitless!

Cultivating empathy and compassion through education is essential to peacemaking and can pave the way for nonviolent conflict resolution.

Start your individual action now and become part of a greater collective at FLOW International at: http://scholarship.flowinternational.org or http://waterfiltration.flowinternational.org

 

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