|Vito Manzari from Martina Franca (TA), Italy - Immigrati Lampedusa Creative Commons|
Being compassionate does not mean being passive. Living by the principles of fairness, transparency, and accountability—the three pillars of an equitable society—sometimes requires us to act on those principles in the face of injustice. Beyond sympathy with victims, we are moved to speak out in their defense, to come to their aid, and to shed light on the source of the injustice. This “muscular” compassion is rooted in the simple ideas below:
- Do not allow anger to be be a spur to action; compassion, not anger, is a better guide.
- Act without hatred or resorting to violence.
- When confronting injustice, oppose the act but don’t give up on the person.
- Recognize that restraint and nonviolence are not signs of weakness but of strength.
From TED Talks a sample of opposing injustice, this time with the current issue of Syrian refugees:
UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres thinks that we can solve the global refugee crisis — and he offers compelling, surprising reasons why we must try. In conversation with TED's Bruno Giussani, Guterres discusses the historical causes of the current crisis and outlines the mood of the European countries that are trying to screen, shelter and resettle hundreds of thousands of desperate families. Bigger picture: Guterres calls for a multilateral turn toward acceptance and respect — to defy groups like ISIS's anti-refugee propaganda and recruiting machine.