Sean Brophy : Our natural impulse for compassion will help us through crisis
How do you feel as you enter another year of recession? Do you feel dispirited, betrayed by your leaders, angry about the past and anxious about the future? How will you cope in 2013?
There are no easy answers and everyone's circumstances are different, but every one of us has choices in how we will cope, with some routes leading to further anxiety, despair and even suicide. Alternatively, we can reflect on the deep wellsprings of wisdom to be found in our traditions, religious and secular, which point to more constructive and fulfilling options for ourselves, and those around us.
At the core of the accumulated 'wisdom of the ages' there is agreement that the fundamental reason for our very existence is to give life, to our selves and others, in our unique way, through the values of love and compassion.