Compassion Pinoy Style

Nabasa ko ang isang maikling anekdota tungkol sa compassion at naikompara ko ito sa mga nagdaang mga kalamidad sa Pilipinas. Kung paano ang mga tao ay nagpakita ng compassion in different ways. Mayroong ipinahihiwatig ang awa sa pamamagitan ng pambabatikos sa gobyerno, media, militar, makakaliwa, at sa mismong tao na dumanas ng kalamidad/trahedya. Mayroon naman na ginawang katatawanan ang kalamidad at nagawa pang magpost ng mga bogus na pambabatikos sa ibang relihiyon o sa mga kilalang personalidad. Nagtago sa ibang pangalan which is senyales ng kabaliwan at kaduwagan. Mayroon namang idinaan sa panunuod na lamang at pagiyak sa kalunos lunos na sinapit ng ating mga kababayan. Ang iba naman ay idinaan sa pagdarasal ang kanilang awa sa mga nasalanta

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Heto ang anekdota tungkol sa compassion at ating salaminin ang sarili kung tayo ba ay nag empathize sa mga kaawa-awa nating mga kababayan.

A young disciple came to ask his master:
Master, what is compassion?
The Master explained:
“An old man was begging at the corner of a busy street.
First, an old lady passed by him and spit at the beggar’s poverty and gave him a gold coin.
Then a merchant noticing that a small group of men were talking about him gave 5 gold coins to the beggar, and quickly left while walking with his head held high and having a haughty smile.
Then later a boy who went to collect some flowers for his mom, passed by the beggar; smiled to him and gave him a flower.
The Master asked his disciple: ‘which one of them do you think, felt the most compassion to the beggar?”
“The merchant did”, replied the disciple.
The Master, smiling continued . . .
“The merchant acted out of pride, the old lady acted out of pity, however the boy felt the real compassion.
“ Compassion is a far greater and nobler thing than pity. Pity has its roots in fear, and sense of arrogance and condescension, sometimes even a smug feeling “I am glad it’s not me”
When your fear touches some one’s pain it becomes pity.
When your love touches someone’s pain it becomes compassion.
Feeling compassion is more essential than showing compassion.
To train in compassion, then, is to know all beings are the same and suffer in similar ways; to honour all those who suffer and to know you are neither separate from nor superior to any one.”

Totoo sa aking pananaw ang sinabi sa anekdotang ito, dahil ang mga binanggit ko sa itaas acted in pity dahil nagpapasalamat at sila ang naapektuhan, in fact, marami ang nagpapasalamat sa Diyos at hindi sa kanila dumaan ang bagyo. Isa pa, lalo na iyong mga magaling bumatikos, feels they are more knowledgeable in bringing help and aid to the victims.

Mas higit na nakiramay ang mga taong tahimik na tumulong kahit na hindi tumanyag ang kanilang pangalan, kahit na sila ay binabatikos, at hindi iniisip na mas mapalad sila sa mga nasalanta.

There are two main ingredients of compassion: RESPECT and LOVE, in any order.

Ang nagmamahal sa kapuwa ay nirerespeto ang kapuwa.

Nagmamahal ng tahimik. Dumadamay ng buong puso.

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“Though nothing will keep us together. We could steal time just for one day. We can be Heroes. For ever and ever. What do you say. I wish you could swim like the dolphins. Like dolphins can swim though nothing will keep us together. We can beat them for ever and ever. Oh we can be Heroes. Just for one day” – David Bowie

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