Compassion and empathy

“May you live in interesting times.” This phrase is most often said as a curse, and I am of the opinion that we are now living in interesting times. Many people around us have lost their jobs. Some have lost their homes as well. In these times, it is often difficult to deal with the onslaught of requests for help, monetary or otherwise, when we too may be dealing with financial burdens or the fear of their possibility. It is time to shed our sarcasm and put on our empathetic hats. With this in mind, I have compiled a small list of books that may teach us something about empathy and compassion.

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong
I am not a fan of step-by-step books, especially when they use the number ten or twelve, but Karen Armstrong is one of the great writers of our times when it comes to our inner spiritual life.

Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience by Stephen S. Hall Continue reading “Compassion and empathy”