Jonathan Fields posted this wonderful piece – “Belief Without Compassion” – yesterday. In our hyper-polarized society, his words are deeply significant – especially related to religion and politics.
In my experience, the most intolerant, un-compassionate people generally fall into two groups: those who haven’t changed their minds about anything in years, and those who have just recently changed their thinking on some major issue, and expect that suddenly everyone else should have the same eureka moment they just experienced.
But the more we think about anything in conversation with the world beyond ourselves, the more we grow our capacity for compassion. Even while being better able to articulate our own beliefs and perspectives on any particular topic.