The Meaning of Compassion on the TED Radio Hour, Sunday, December 6 at 9 am

Dec 1, 2015

Compassion is a universal virtue, but is it innate or taught? Have we lost touch with it? Can we be better at it?

In this hour, TED speakers explore compassion, its roots, its meaning and its future. Political pundit Sally Kohn says we shouldn't worry as much about being politically correct, but instead we should try to be emotionally correct. Journalist and broadcaster Krista Tippett argues that overtly saintly and sappy connotations have made us lose touch with the true meaning of compassion. Journalist Krista Tippett discusses reconnecting with the true meaning of compassion via linguistics. Author Robert Wright says humans are not only wired to be compassionate, but we have evolved to feel compassion out of self-interest. Karen Armstrong tells the story of leaving her life as a nun and becoming a religious scholar, a new calling that gave her a greater understanding of compassion, which she describes as the core principle in all world religions. Finally, Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, examines why we aren't more compassionate more of the time.