After one of our students earns a Black Belt, there is still continuing curriculum. In fact, getting a black belt is kind of like getting your drivers license. You can drive- but now it’s time to really learn how to do it! Along with kunging and fuing, the first lesson our Black Belts learn about is Compassion.
Here is what Abir had to say about it. Please note that he chose to approach this topic from the context of comparative religion but we do not discuss religion in class. With that said, this is an excellent paper discussing the concept of compassion from different perspectives. I guess it helped him out a little bit that his mother teaches philosophy at UNCA.
Dear Master Croley,
To me compassion is the Golden Rule that is, Treat Others The Way You Want To Be
Treated. Compassion is important in the religions because each religion has the
common value of compassion. For example in Hinduism compassion stands for non-Harmfulness.
In Christianity compassion stands for loving even one’s enemies. In Buddhism
compassion stands for the ability to fully appreciate one’s own suffering and
the suffering of others. In Judaism compassion says, ‘Kindness gives to another,
Compassion knows no other.’ In Islam compassion stands for helping and
In every religion compassion requires
humility and self-control. So if you have humility, self-control, and
compassion altogether you are a good person. You learn these virtues and other
virtues in the process of becoming a black-belt.
- When I help my best-friend build
- Helping my friends learn to swing
on the monkey bars at recess.
- If somebody needs help washing the
tables at lunch I help them.
- If a classmate needs help with
reading I go and help them.
- If a friend has fallen down I help
I really like how he looked at this topic from several different angles and then applied them to his life. Well done Abir!
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