What did Jack Kerouac think about compassion? He mentioned it often, and I would say that the overarching zeitgeist of his existence, and therefore of his work, revolved around his heartfelt compassion for the trials we all suffer. Compassion is at the heart of Buddhism, which of course Jack studied extensively and wrote about in several books (Some of the Dharma, Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha, The Scripture of the Golden Eternity).
Jack is credited as saying the following in an essay in Playboy (June, 1959) titled, "The Origins of the Beat Generation":
Who knows, my God, but that the universe is not one vast sea of compassion actually, the veritable holy honey, beneath all this show of personality and cruelty?Since inception, I've mentioned compassion 16 times here on The Daily Beat. In particular, I'm proud of this piece I wrote in May 2009. I would encourage you to read Crystal's comment that follows, where she suggests loving "every other human being as if he were our favorite child."
My mom used to say, "There but for the grace of God go I." She didn't necessarily live that saying 100%, but who does?
At least we can aspire to compassion. That would be a start. Yes?
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