Compassion and Moral Superiority


After hurting someone, I might cut myself some slack, if there were mitigating circumstances.

Hopefully, I make sincere efforts to never repeat the injurious offense, while simultaneously being compassionate to myself.

However, when someone hurts me, it’s easy to attribute the worst possible motive, and therefore condemn that person, in a wrongful fit of moral superiority. Compassion has fled.

So I usually try to cut people who wrong me some slack. I’m not saying I’ll be a doormat, but that condemning someone tends to only fuel hostility and wrongdoing.

Compassion bestows dignity, allowing someone to recognize and cease their wrongful action.

Condemnation fosters conflict.

Compassion nurtures mutual understanding and positive change.


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2 Responses to Compassion and Moral Superiority

  1. Adam says:

    Yes. Thank you! Especially the part about bestowing dignity = recognise and change. Brilliant.

    • Francesca De Grandis says:

      Adam, thank you, I am so glad you relate. After I wrote this blog, I had no idea if anyone would understand, so appreciate your taking the time to comment. Blessings on your day.

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