"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." attributed to Plato

"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." attributed to Edmund Burke

Let's between us make the world a better place.

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Reclaiming empathy and compassion for human well being.

BBC Radio 4's Start the Week is an excellent weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda every Monday and hosted by Andrew Marr, a man in the news recently for other reasons!

Casting that aside, I pricked up my ears a week or so ago to the programme when The Revd Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James's, Piccadilly,  was speaking - "Human well being," she said, "relies upon reclaiming empathy and compassion." And religious sensibility has a role to play, she continued, in creating the Good Society. Precisely! Regular readers of my blog will know that I also believe empathy and compassion to be at the heart of any attempts to heal our broken world, and I explore this in much more detail in Healing This Wounded Earth - with Compassion, Spirit and the Power of Hope.

It is sometimes reassuring to know that others are on my wavelength!

The photo is of me giving a very successful talk and reading from my book at a  local group.

(The Revd. Winkett is the author of Our Sound is our Wound - Contemplative Listening to a Noisy World , the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book for 2010 - another lovely statement she made: "Don't imagine you're thinking when you're simply rearranging your prejudices." !!)

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