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Junket
30-10-06, 12:05 PM
Somebody told me today that I was compassionate.

Nobody has told me that before.

My question to you all is, in what ways have you shown compassion?

vashti
30-10-06, 12:22 PM
I have done tons of volunteer work over my lifetime, mostly for elderly shut-ins and the poor.

Why did this person tell you you are compassionate?

Junket
30-10-06, 12:42 PM
I have done tons of volunteer work over my lifetime, mostly for elderly shut-ins and the poor.

Why did this person tell you you are compassionate?

Why did you do that work?

Did you do it for the people?

Did you do it simply because you enjoyed the work in itself?

What causes you help others?

vashti
30-10-06, 12:46 PM
I think we are collectively responsible for the welfare of all people. Don't you?

King Zarathu
30-10-06, 12:49 PM
I've gotten head from a chick before and instead of coming on her face and getting her sticky I came into her mouth. That was really compassionate of me.

Junket
30-10-06, 12:57 PM
I think we are collectively responsible for the welfare of all people. Don't you?

I don't know.

Ideally sure, why not.

But I don't think like that.

It's weird, it's like, I never think to myself, "I'm going to perform service because I want to help people." I do it just, just because. I can, I want to, I'm good at it. But I don't really care for most people. I'm pretty cynical and apathetic towards society. So essentially, I act, I work as if I were thinking idealistically. I do go out of my way to perform service...I haven't had a day off in 3 weeks, I actively seek more and more projects. But I don't know why. I haven't thought about why. I just keep doing it.

It's a question I have not been able to answer in my 6 years of service.

She pointed out that I'm compassionate towards my friends, which I can agree with, I feel that way and act that way towards them, but service...it just doesn't make any sense.

King Zarathu
30-10-06, 01:10 PM
I think we are collectively responsible for the welfare of all people. Don't you?

Jesus NO!

I am responsible for me, you are responsible for you. End of story.

vashti
30-10-06, 01:52 PM
That sounds very conservative of you.

Zarathu is a red-neck Texan. He even posted a photo of his red neck not too long ago. Did you see it?

vashti
30-10-06, 01:58 PM
Uni-brow? I didn't notice that... His neck was glowing so brightly, it must have blinded me.


, I act, I work as if I were thinking idealistically. I do go out of my way to perform service...I haven't had a day off in 3 weeks, I actively seek more and more projects. But I don't know why. I haven't thought about why. I just keep doing it..

It is obviously an important component of your self-esteem. Soul food.

EDIT: DAMN YOU, AEGIS!! You edited your post again!!

King Zarathu
30-10-06, 02:14 PM
Yeah, that's it. I have a low IQ, I'm Texan, I have no culture whatsoever (food? What is there besides Jack in the Box and Wendy's?), I'm broke, I'm a conservative Republican, and I'm Christian.

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Junket
30-10-06, 08:20 PM
What would you say was the most selfless thing you've done or tried to do for a person or group of persons?

King Zarathu
30-10-06, 09:03 PM
I knew it!

And why does he keep ending everything with that "</sarcasm> thing?

Because I'm being sarcastic.

vashti
30-10-06, 10:21 PM
What would you say was the most selfless thing you've done or tried to do for a person or group of persons?


You go first.

Junket
31-10-06, 05:57 AM
You go first.

It's difficult for me to as I don't really do any of it for the glory.

Hell, if you're in it for the glory than it can't really be considered compassion can it?

The greatest thing that comes to mind, in terms of a group is of course my service in NOLA. But even then it was only partially voluntary. I loved it because of the work I did, and not necessarily for who the work was done for.

Right now, I'm working to gain support from the highschool I work at to adopt a hurricane displaced family in this area. Parents with two children and another one the way. I want to try to supply their needs and in turn have them come in and share their story with the students. It's probably one of the more selfless things I'm doing, mostly because it's been my personal project and does not relate to my mission at the school. I've never really organized a project on that scale before.

vashti
31-10-06, 06:26 AM
It's difficult for me to as I don't really do any of it for the glory.

Hell, if you're in it for the glory than it can't really be considered compassion can it?

The greatest thing that comes to mind, in terms of a group is of course my service in NOLA. But even then it was only partially voluntary. I loved it because of the work I did, and not necessarily for who the work was done for.

Right now, I'm working to gain support from the highschool I work at to adopt a hurricane displaced family in this area. Parents with two children and another one the way. I want to try to supply their needs and in turn have them come in and share their story with the students. It's probably one of the more selfless things I'm doing, mostly because it's been my personal project and does not relate to my mission at the school. I've never really organized a project on that scale before.

I don't think that it really matters *why* you do works that could be considered "selfless". It only matters that you DO them.

Junket
31-10-06, 06:28 AM
I don't think that it really matters *why* you do works that could be considered "selfless". It only matters that you DO them.

You know me, I spout "actions speak louder than words" all the time.

I preach it, I live by it.

But every now and again somebody will ask "why?".

Nobody is satisfied with "just because".

Especially if its a reporter or journalist.

Now it's your turn.

Ever save somebody's life?

vashti
31-10-06, 06:40 AM
Every save somebody's life?

Actually, yes. My youngest sister was under water in a lake, and I pulled her out. She couldn't swim - I think she was around 2 years old.

If someone asks "why", maybe an appropriate response would be "why not"?

Junket
31-10-06, 07:11 AM
Damn it, I've been making a lot of spelling mistakes lately...

Yeah, my good for nothing WoW obsessed friend actually saved me when I was drowning in that river. He was a Boy Scout lifeguard, and despite being a chain smoker and completely out of shape, he saved me and swam across the river twice.

King Zarathu
31-10-06, 07:35 AM
That's crazy!

Wait...so in the above quoted post, you're not being sarcastic, right?

Haha no I'm not being sarcastic in saying that I use "</SARCASM>" because I'm being sarcastic.

King Zarathu
31-10-06, 01:25 PM
So you're not being sarcastic when you use the </sarcasm> thing because you're being sarcastic about the </sarcasm> thing?

Wrong. I use "</SARCASM>" when I'm being sarcastic, but I'm not sarcastic about using "</SARCASM>" where appropriate.

King Zarathu
31-10-06, 01:32 PM
Ah! That clears it up. I was terribly confused.

I could tell. ;)

Henry123
01-11-06, 06:37 AM
(hymmm It depends on what context a person is refering when they say you are compassionate. One could be compassionate with one's career, hobby etc.???) In terms of doing voulunteer work (or whatever the case is) doing something you love and being totally dedicated to it dispite what others think of you is compassionate in my book.

In terms of relationship wise in my opinion its really hard to convey compassion in words. You have to show it. You show it through your gestures, your body language, how you touch and kiss the person. Littel gestures like giving gifts to a deserving person and so forth.

Junket
01-11-06, 06:44 AM
(hymmm It depends on what context a person is refering when they say you are compassionate. One could be compassionate with one's career, hobby etc.???) In terms of doing voulunteer work (or whatever the case is) doing something you love and being totally dedicated to it dispite what others think of you is compassionate in my book.

In terms of relationship wise in my opinion its really hard to convey compassion in words. You have to show it. You show it through your gestures, your body language, how you touch and kiss the person. Littel gestures like giving gifts to a deserving person and so forth.

Sorry dude, you're confusing compassion with passion.

compassion: 1. a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.

passion:
1. any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
2. strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor.
3. strong sexual desire; lust.
4. an instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire.
5. a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire.
6. a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything

Henry123
01-11-06, 07:03 AM
Yeah your right. I am confussing the two. My bad.

Junket
05-11-06, 01:00 PM
There's a family I'm lining up to help out who was displaced due to Katrina.

I spoke with the 22 year old mother about her situation.

Before the conversation ended, she expressed her gratitude for what I was doing, thanking me over and over.

It kind of took me by surprise and makes me uncomfortable, I don't know why.

In my mind, gratitude is assumed, I never know what to say when they shower me with thank yous.

I don't want to say "you're welcome". Because then I then I feel like it sounds like I'm doing them a favor. 'Cause I'm not. Not in my mind I'm not...I'm simply performing a service. Y'know? It's not like they asked for my help, they didn't, I simply offered. In fact, if anything, I am thankful they accept it. I should be thanking them, and not the other way around.

vashti
05-11-06, 04:56 PM
The best response is "thank YOU for giving me the opportunity to do this work".

Junket
06-11-06, 12:23 AM
The best response is "thank YOU for giving me the opportunity to do this work".

Daaaamn.

That's good.

Maybe I'll use that.

You're a genius Vash.

Angelofstorm
27-11-06, 01:27 AM
As Ash Ketchum said, "Do you always need a reason to help someone?"

Amen.