To be compassionate demands that we first and foremost, recognize that we are not above or below anyone else, and that as a human being we are all equally susceptible to the same fates: death, tragedy, hatred, pain. At any moment anyone of us may, due to life circumstances, change places with another human soul – we simply fail to recognize that these changes of fate occur all of the time (wealthy people become beggars, famous people loose acclaim etc.).

This is why, in order to lessen the pain of another, which we know we too could experience at any given moment we give; give of our time, our money, our thoughts, our energies in order to lessen the pain of someone who is just like ourselves.