Krista Tippett illuminates our human experience in her TED talk, “Charter for Compassion” during which she takes us on a journey with her “linguistic resurrection” of the very word and what it truly means. To illustrate the road of the human experience, she offers us such compassionate (and flawed) characters as Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and Mother Theresa, to name but a few.
We are brought to understand the enormous breadth of compassion as Tippett sheds light on the “universe of attendant virtues,” including, but by no means limited to, kindness, curiosity, empathy, reconciliation, presence, generosity, tolerance and story. It is bigger than each f these, and, unlike many emotions, compassion is visible; it changes what we think of as possible. And, as she points out, being flawed is no obstacle to being compassionate. Compassion is a bridge between science and religion, illuminating as a torch of understanding. Click below to hear the full talk.
Tippett defines compassion as a “spiritual technology,” one as necessary today and in the future as all other technologies “that have now connected us and set before us the terrifying and wondrous possibility of actually becoming one human race.” The opportunity to connect through this technology is available in our everyday interactions.
We invite you to reflect on what you may do to illuminate compassion this week.
A success strategist, speaker, and author, Melissa Galt inspires, leads, and coaches entrepreneurs into achieving outrageous success and building an awesome life.