Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A dose of reality

As Loeb discusses how people are affected by the stories that they hear, he addresses the point that those experiences cause the people they were told to to reevaluate their lives and the world surrounding them. The stories people relay touch every person in a different way, but the result is always the same. Whether the story can be related to on a personal level or just through empathy, it brings out the aspect of vulnerability that all people have. Maybe because we are so accustomed to not sharing our personal trials with anyone it is that we know not how vulnerable we truly are.

Hearing and sharing in other peoples struggles or triumphs helps us to grow and seek involvement within society to better ourselves and the lives of others. One quote I appreciated the most was "As our religious traditions point out , our very pain, vulnerability, and suffering can actually bring us closer to God by opening us up to compassion." The stories that people share allow them to show that they are vulnerable and that gives us the opportunity to display our compassion.

1 comment:

Israel Montero said...

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
Dalai Lama
That is very true about displaying commpassion. Here is cool qoute by the Dalia Lama! Enjoy :)