“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
– Dalai Lama
I still have tears in my eyes as I write this – having just read an article about another teen in NZ who committed suicide due to bullying. The suicide rate among young males in New Zealand is the highest in the OECD. It’s appalling! Where is the compassion? Is compassion among young people diminishing? Can it be brought back? Can it be taught? Some say that compassion cannot be taught, but I believe it can. Recent studies seem to suggest that it can.
At the University of Virginia, Compassionate Care and Empathic Leadership Initiative — a lengthy, fancy name for a simple, purposeful way to teach kindness, usher resilience and nurture compassion — is seeding change in fertile ground.
It appears that compassion can be taught, according to an article in Huffington Post.
Voluteerism can lead to compassion, and educational institutions are a central pillar in fostering volunteerism among youth. Indeed, it appears that compassion can be taught, which means that today’s educational institutions carry greater social responsibility than ever.
Please take the time to watch this amazing video by a young man who was bullied. Shane Koyczan took his pain and created something mesmerizing.
I’d love to hear what you thought about this YouTube video. And as always, thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it.