Courageous Compassion: Cultivating Virtue in a Complicated World

Christine Darr


When we are confronted with suffering, both locally and globally, we often experience a desire to do something. This article considers how we can channel that desire into a habit of responding to suffering in ways that alleviate the immediate need as well as work to end the root causes of suffering.

“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other—not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” Nelson Mandela


Character; Character and; Character and Courageous Compassion; Compassion; Cultivating Virtue; Complicated world; Aylan Kurdi; Syria; Syrian crisis; Systemic causes of suffering; Refugees; Syrian refugee crisis; Virtue; Virtue ethics; Aristotle; Community

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