We all want to make good choices. We all want to be fair. We all want to “do unto others.” But what does that mean? And how do we actually live it? Do Unto Others, the Underlying Principle of Life and How to Live it starts by taking a fresh look at some traditional Christian concepts and then offers some practical steps – the 7 Questions – that can help.
Time to register for the Empathy and Compassion in Society conference 2013.
Can empathy lead to burn-out? What is the difference between empathy and compassion?
Interestingly, neuroscientists Tania Singer and Olga Klimecki have shown that while empathy can increase one’s own negative emotions, compassion is associated with positive emotions. Watch this talk from Empathy and Compassion in Society 2012.
This year, scientists at Empathy and Compassion in Society 2013 will continue to explore this topic and discuss what motivates us, why we decide to make compassionate choices, and to what effect on our mental and physical health.
Speakers will include clinical psychologist Dr Chris Irons, neuroscientist Dr Antoine Lutz, the Associate Director of Stanford University’s Centre for Compassion Research Dr Emma Seppala and resilience and self-compassion specialist Dr Kristin Neff.
Join us on 24 October at the Southbank Centre for a unique gathering of scientists, innovators and leaders in management, law, education, health and social care.
Registration on compassioninsociety2013.eventbrite.com
We’ve made progress. We’ve moved forward as a society and as a species. We have a long way to go. But we continue to work on it. There are those who still want to derail our journey. But we continue to overcome them. And in the end, together, we will make this a truly Golden Rule world.
It’s been five years since I wrote the first version of Do Unto Others. It’s still available online. This new version, revised and expanded, will be both a reflection of how my journey has changed, and how the technology that we use to share our experiences has changed. This version of Do Unto Others is a series of linked blog articles.
Seneca, part of double-herm, Antikensammlung Berlin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
He that does good to another does good also to himself.– Seneca
Like the last quote from Cicero, this is another expression of self-care. It’s phrased differently. It almost seems like an attempt to bribe us to do good, the way we’d entice a child to help clean up the kitchen by reminding them that they’ll get to eat some of the cookies that we’re baking.
That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s easy to forget the inherent value in reaching out to others; to begin to see it as an obligation rather than a privilege. Sometimes we need to be reminded that our interdependence is expressed in many ways, both direct and indirect.