As a species humans have done more damage to each other and the world than was likely done by any other inhabitants that have roamed this planet. Despite our so called spirituality and G_d fearing nature, more people have been killed in the name of god than any other reason since the beginning of man's entrance onto earth. The earth itself has suffered more damage at the hand of man as is evidenced by the disappearance of so many species of animal. Yet we call them "wild life." Who really is the "wild life" on this planet? Who has a higher level of consciousness?
I don't have the answers to these questions. I do see both the planet crying out in distress, animals and plants vanishing, our own ability to survive being threatened by our negligence and often times willful intent to harm both nature and other humans. How can a man like Bin Laden be so evil yet so many firefighters on the Day of 9/11 risk their lives to save the life of another? At our core we are no different than anyone else. So what is it that drives us?
In an effort to better the human condition there is one force that is so powerful and contained in every human being that when we are able to tap into it there is no doubt in my mind that we can save the future of this planet and the future of mankind. That is the force of compassion. Within compassion lie the seeds of love, passion, kindness, caring and empathy.
Every single day millions of people carry out compassionate acts towards others and towards animals. Yet at the same time the destructive, negligent acts of others continue. What if on one day of the year we reminded ourselves of who we truly are. What is it we really care about? Is it truly the money and fame that cause one to be happy? The answer to this question is obvious.
Please join me on May 15th and lets raise world's compassion meter? Let us assume that on an every day basis we, as humans, are at a level 4. Dogs, I would suggest, whom we kill by the millions each year probably have a compassion level that is much higher.So are the whales and the bees. You may disagree yet there is clear evidence that caring and compassion exists among other species. We are not alone in this ability. Yet we tend to hold ourselves to a much lower standard than most of the animal kingdom.
On May 15th the social media world is uniting on the first ever International Day of Compassion. The event was created by BloggersUnite where you can join if you blog on Facebook, Twitter or have your own blog with the purpose of harnessing the power of social media both in Honor of the real Dr. Patch Adams (not the movie) to make his compassionate dream of building the "ideal" hospital come true, as well as to Petition the United Nations to declare May 15th of every year from here on out International Day of Compassion.
Let us unite as people, eliminate the divisiveness that all too often is caused by forces beyond our immediate control and join together in the true compassionate spirit of what man kind is here for.