Breaking Taboo: The concept of compassion

Life is all about the little things for me. The way I hear pitter patter of little footsteps on the hard wood floor in the morning. The excitement in the faces of my children when I walk into their rooms. The kiss goodbye from my husband in the morning before he leaves for work. To me, I’d rather enjoy the little things, more than the huge events. Why? Life is composed of little things, much more than the big ones. Why let those go?

The average human being lives about 70 to 75 years. That information in mind, we as human beings have turned towards enjoying the negative, versus enjoying the positive. Why do I say that? Simple, it’s more exciting. It makes our adrenaline rush in anger, it gives us that ‘high’. We as human beings enjoy chaos. Why? That’s a question a lot of people want answered, but don’t want changed. How do I know this? Look on social media sites, look on the news, look on television in general. You see more murder and hospital shows popping up every six months than you do anything else. You see murders, rapes, mass murders, child abuse, and other heinous crimes plastered over the news. Social media loves drama and gossip. Positive events just don’t create that kind of story, that kind of interest. Sad to say, but it’s true.

So what happens when someone tries to create a positive situation, a positive scenario. It’s looked at with smiles and cheer for a few days, and with time it’s washed away like it never happened. It’s positive, therefore it doesn’t have a stigma that stays with it for a long time. However, like it’s bad and ugly counterpart the negative, it can stay for years, maybe lifetimes. When someone tries to change this, they’re either laughed at or ignored. What happened to love? What happened to the concept of compassion? It seems to me, that with time those things are vanishing faster and faster every generation. That, is a very frightening thing to think about for our children.

My advice, don’t give up on it. Don’t be afraid to hear some backlash. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in or to spread a smile. Don’t let the positive in the world wash away, we need more people to bring it back to where it’s supposed to be. Let’s make positive things be at the top of all our newsfeeds.

*Thanks for having me 20/20! I really appreciate it! If you want to check out my blog after following this one, go to One Crazy Life to Another and check out my Challenge of Smiles!!! You can also follow me on Twitter: Spreadincrazies, and check out the new movement that’s going on, #freefrompain! I hope to see you guys participate. Let’s get some positivity EVERYWHERE!!!*

4 thoughts on “Breaking Taboo: The concept of compassion

  1. Thanks Amanda for being my first guest blogger. 😀 This is really great topic and something we need to do more of.

    Sometimes I wonder if compassion is just a theory nowadays. I just took a CPR class and we were talking about how for the most part people are compassionate beings, but we’ve gotten caught up in the me, me, me aspects of life that we have pushed compassion aside and that’s one reason why we don’t get involved to help others in need.

    We definitely need to reconnect with the compassionate side of ourselves, and I think once we do we’ll be noticibly happier human beings.

    It amazes me that there would backlash to someone for trying to be a kinder and gentler human being.


    • It amazes me as well, but it happens. It’s usually in the form of ridicule and bullying. We’re ‘stupid’ for pushing positivity, or we’re hippies or faggots.

      Yep, faggots. Homophobes get in on the fun too.


  2. I couldn’t agree with you more!! I’m so happy to read this post. I have posted about the lack of compassion in the world several times on my own blog and on social media, and you’re absolutely right – it’s usually ignored. Or I get the flippant replies of “I do compassionate things every day” or “I’m always compassionate”. It’s disheartening to say the least.

    If that many people were actually out there actively spreading love and compassion in their communities each and every day, I think I would see it happening all around me, but I don’t. Sure, everyone will hold a door for someone at some point, or help someone in small ways that take no real effort or time away from their own lives. But how many of them would give up their own plans for the day, be late for an appointment, or cancel a luncheon with a friend in order to help a stranger who is truly in need?

    That’s the compassion and love I would like to see people taking part in. We’re all neighbors on this planet, we should take care of one another. My apologies for the long comment. I just got so excited to read your post, and see another person feels as passionate as I do about something that is so important to me.


    • I would love to see that sort of compassion as well, and I’m glad to meet more people who are as interested in this as I am. No apology necessary, I love long comments.

      I just wish I could give long ones myself, but I start rambling and speaking all crazy like. It’s usually best I keep my comments short and to the point. Maybe one day I will be able to give an effective long comment of sentiments and awesome. Until then, I’ll stick with what I know. 😀


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