The Cost of Compassion

Re:CONSIDERING invites you to look at what’s familiar from an unfamiliar angle. To consider how we consider things – and how to do it better.

Who’s in favour of compassion?
Pretty much everybody, actually. Left or right, religious or not, nobody seems to have a bad word to say about compassion.

So why do we have so much trouble addressing the conflict, inequality, and suffering in our world?
Ranging from the streets of St Kilda to the slums of Delhi, from Plato to Nietzsche, the Dalai Lama to Peter Singer, and from Seinfeld to the Good Samaritan, Tim Costello appeals to our common humanity – and takes an unflinching look at how costly compassion can be.

From the Conclusion: Being Human

No respecter of borders or of social status, the virus [COVID-19] turned all of us into potential carriers and reminded us that we are all biologically linked. From Tom Hanks to Boris Johnson, wealth and status are no protection. While anyone has it, all of us are potentially at risk. At 65, I know that my fate is in the hands of others ... I believe that we are made for compassion. To show compassion is to become more truly human, to discover a deep sense of purpose, to overcome our shallowness and competitiveness, our fear of abandonment and our fear of difference. In a world where polarization is building and the climate changing, I believe our future depends on it.

Publication date: August 2020

Title: The Cost of Compassion

Edition: 1st

Format: Paperback, ebook

RRP: PB $7.99, EB $5.99

ISBN: PB 9780647530931, EB 9780647530948

Page count: 74

Specifications: 180 x 110mm

Categories: Religion, Christian Living, Social Issues, Essays, Stewardship & Giving

Series: Re:CONSIDERING (Book 2)

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