Everyone Needs Compassion

Sydney - Bryant, Arkansas
Entered on April 30, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
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Everyone Needs Compassion

Yes, it may sound funny; you can laugh. I believe that everyone deserves someone who will laugh at their jokes.

Once, at my younger sister’s talent show, two little boys were doing a comedy act. They were really excited to be telling their jokes that they had spent weeks preparing to use in their act. When they came on stage, you could see the excitement sparkling in their eyes. After they told their first punch line and the answer, they stood waiting for a response. The only problem was, there was no response, no laughs, no giggles. There was dead silence. They were surprised, but kept on. Telling joke after joke, they waited each time to arrive at the same response: nothing.

After their disappointing response, the boys ran off stage teary eyed. As I went home that night, it made me start to wonder. What if this same thing was to happen to me? How would I feel if I worked really hard on a comedy act and no one even cared enough to laugh at my jokes? I certainly would want a few people in the audience who cared enough about my feelings to try to get the crowd to laugh and clap; to at least get the people in the audience to appreciate all of my hard work. Is it actually possible that there was no one in the huge audience who cared about someone other than themselves? How could it be that no one cared enough for these two little boys’ feelings that they would laugh just to make them feel better, even if their joke wasn’t even funny. All of these thoughts centered around one thing: compassion.

Compassion is simply defined as a deep feeling of sympathy for other’s suffering. People have a heart. Can people not spare a small piece of it to feel for others, or do they have to have all of it? What would this world be without compassion? Everyone would be guilty of sin and condemned to die. Without Jesus’ first act of compassion, everyone would be sentenced to die. If Jesus could die on the cross and give his life for everyone in the world, how can some people not show one act of compassion towards others and laugh at their joke even when it is not funny?

As one of my favorite quotes by Dalai Lama states, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” All people need to take a little piece of their heart and use it to feel compassion towards others. Whether it’s dying on the cross to save everyone in the entire world from being condemned to death, or laughing at someone’s jokes just to make them feel special, I believe everyone needs to show compassion to others and everyone deserves compassion