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What Has To Die So That Compassion Can Live?

While sitting on my front porch in Haiti, I once had a friend ask me this question, “What had to die in you so that compassion could live?” At the time I told him that I didn’t know how to answer that question but I could guarantee him that I would meditate on it and would someday write about it as soon as I began to understand the answer to it myself. At first it seems like a question injected with an incredible level of hopelessness and defeat. What has to die so that compassion can live?

Creating and writing from Jacmel, Haiti. I roll my eyes, and sigh heavily, then translate those eye rolls and sighs into words for others to read.

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