“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness. This quote said by the Dalai Lama has a great meaning to it. Most just see compassion as another word in this world, when it’s so much more than that. Compassion bring people together, makes the world a better place, and most importantly allows you to connect with others. Compassion is necessary to the human experience because it keep the world emotionally connected.
With compassion, people come closer together. Compassion provides love and without this emotion, humans would be isolated from one another. Love would not be considered love without compassion. It distinguishes a human from being heartless to one who cares for people other than themselves. Being compassionate leads a person away from a path of selfishness and builds strong relationships with others. The following authors did a great job of demonstrating this.
Tacitus states in his text, “The Burning of Rome,” that, “Nevertheless, for the relief of the homeless, fugitive masses he threw open the Field of Mars, including Agrippa’s public buildings, and even his own Gardens. Nero also constructed emergency accommodation for the destitute multitude. Food was brought from Ostia and neighboring towns, and the price of corn was cut,” (Tacitus, 408.) Nero taking action after the destructive fire shows him demonstrating compassion toward the people of his town. This action would help Nero build connections with his people, Nero did this for the good of the town. Without Nero demonstrating compassion, the whole city of Rome will continue to fall apart, and will never be repaired.
Li Po, the author of the text, “River Merchants Wife,” wrote, “If you are coming down through the narrows of the river Kiang, please let me know beforehand, and I will come out to meet you as far as Chō-fū-Sa.” (Po, 455.) This quote demonstrates the river-merchants wife showing compassion toward her husband, even though he left her. Li Po is showing how compassion is necessary by implying that without it, the river-merchant’s wife wouldn’t care about her husband being gone and wouldn’t long for his return. Li Po included this part of the text because he wanted...