Back to Basics: Sympathy, Empathy, Compassion

Back to Basics: Sympathy, Empathy, Compassion

I admit it — I get a little sloppy when I’m talking about compassion, sometimes conflating it with empathy or even sympathy. They aren’t exactly the same. Sympathy comes from Middle French sympathie, from Late Latin sympathia, from Ancient Greek...
The Ethic of Reciprocals

The Ethic of Reciprocals

Some have called the Golden Rule, the heart of the Charter for Compassion, the ethic of reciprocity. Treat others as you wish to be treated yourself. Reciprocity, according to the dictionary, means mutual, uniformly felt or done by each party towards the other or...
The Language of Us and Them

The Language of Us and Them

Periodically, Slate has been running a piece about American events written using the tone and language US reporters typically employ when writing about events elsewhere. It’s disconcerting, enlightening and in a very direct way, about compassion. The latest is...
Facts are Like Cows

Facts are Like Cows

We publish a series of classic fiction books that focus on particular peace & justice topics. Most are short stories, but End of the Line is an anthology of five short novels about the death penalty. As I re-read my introduction to the book — about the...