Friday, February 13, 2009

Extending compassion to all beings

I just read a while ago that Albert Schweitzer, the renowned humanitarian, would take time to stoop and move a worm from the hot pavement to a place on the cool earth. That demonstrates both extraordinary mindfulness and compassion. He also said the following:
A man is really ethical only when he obeys the constraint laid on him to aid all life which he is able to help … He does not ask how far this or that life deserves sympathy … nor how far it is capable of feeling.
It has been said that we can’t stop all suffering, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t stop any. I so agree.


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