Since I published my #WeekendCoffeeShare post at Part Time Monster this weekend, and since I already have my #1000Speak post ready to go, I’ll share an excerpt with you today. Feb. 20 was chosen as the publishing day for these compassion posts in part because it coincides with the U.N. World Day of Social Justice. I’ve only mentioned that in passing up to this point. Here’s why.
I’ve been promoting this a bit and so have some friends. Trying to get bloggers to write about compassion — from any angle. I haven’t wanted to give anyone the impression that a social justice post is required, or that #1000Speak is some unacknowledged effort to do a group political thing. It is not. I wouldn’t be part of any political thing that didn’t disclose what it was about.
It’s just that the publication date coincides, and compassion, as a topic, works well for some social justice writing. That allows people to write about compassion on their own blogs as politically or non-politically as they like. I chose my topic before the publication date was even decided, but my post would work for World Day of Social Justice even if we weren’t doing #1000Speak. So it’s a nice moment of synchronicity.
My post is several hundred words about nonviolence as a way of doing positive social change. This is the heart of it, and I do not think I am giving too much away with this excerpt.
Here’s how nonviolence relates to compassion – and what makes this a #1000Speak post. When we talk about social injustices, we are talking about systematic behavior that children learn from their parents and from institutions. Everyone is caught up in the system, and everyone involved in oppression is damaged by it. Even passive witnesses. Even the people who are carrying out the oppression. So it is important to empathize with the oppressors even as you resist them. And that kind of empathy requires loads and loads of compassion.
Do stop by on Feb. 20 and read the whole thing 🙂