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Compassion is the only thing that can save the world

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So how do we go from babies being great to horrid little monsters just a few short years later?

The only thing I can come up with is that we don’t teach children compassion.

I remember back in school they taught us the ‘Golden Rule’ – do unto others as you’d have done to you.

That’s great and all, but to a young mind, they are just words. Yeah, you should be nice to others because you want them to be nice to you, but once they hit the schoolyard for recess, those words have flown out of their little minds. It’s running around, pushing and shoving, name calling, and treating each other like your the only thing that matters in the world and everyone else is beneath you. Who is most dominant and who isn’t.

I’m not sure if that is just human nature, or if these are traits that determine who is going to be the next great leader. I do know that these traits cause lots of conflict and lead to treating others badly.

If we can somehow interrupt that cycle, and get kids to understand the feelings of others, and to be kinder to each other, maybe the world would be a less violent place. Maybe there would be more co-operation and advancements, rather than the chaos in the streets.

Maybe there would be fewer mass shootings, fewer suicides, fewer road rage incidents.

I don’t know. I could be talking out my backside. I’m not a sociologist, or a psychologist, nor do I play one on TV. I’m just of the opinion that there would be less violence and strife in the world if we could somehow teach our kids to be more compassionate. Hopefully it would be something they’d carry with them into adulthood, and ripple out through society.

How do we do it? Again, I don’t know. Teach by example? Tell more stories where the solution is compassion, instead of violence? I’m open to suggestions.

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