I am doing something I never do – blog twice in a day – because today is a rallying call to raise 1000 Voices for Compassion: http://goo.gl/BKe5Ja & http://yvonnespence.com/all/1000-voices-for-compassion/
I was listening to Radio 4 the other day to a programme about whether the news agenda is too focused on ‘bad news’. It’s true, I have gone from being a real news addict to actually choosing not to watch or listen to the BBC news because it leaves me feeling despondent and helpless.
I don’t think having a ‘good news’ agenda is about not telling the audience about the violent and inhumane sides of humanity. I think it is about also finding the stories of compassion within these awful situations. Even in the worst environments, people do show compassion towards each other: sharing some food or drink; holding another person’s hand; talking gently when all around are incomprehensible angry words. These are the ‘good news’ stories I would like to hear (and indeed they are often to be found on Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent, but rarely on the news programmes).
Today we can all show one small sign of compassion to someone. It is my belief that it is our capacity for compassion and empathy which are the only weapons against war, terrorism, violence and torture. If we walked for one second in another person’s shoes, then we would not be so quick to condemn or hate.