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  • Writer's pictureDr. CK Bray

A Clarion Call for Compassion and Seeking to Understand

We defend, we rationalize, we judge, we assume, and our brain agrees. Your brain seeks to back up why your thinking is 100% correct (it is called confirmation bias).

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

Before jumping into the pool of defending, rationalizing, judging, and assuming, put on the “life jacket” of compassion. Compassion is the ability to recognize someone’s pain and hurt, and having a desire to relieve it. This applies not only to others, but it also applies to you (self-compassion). The benefits of self-compassion are an increase in the activity of crucial neurochemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine. Compassion for others provides the beautiful experience for them of having others care, listen, and help. While you may not agree with other people’s viewpoints, politics, and their stand on current issues, those things should never stop you from having compassion and seeking to understand another person’s

perspective. Remember, that everyone has hopes, dreams, fears, and sadness, just like you.




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