I believe people to be generally compassionate, especially in dire situations.
But what about under everyday circumstances? Do we always show patience and empathy then?
Please allow me to illustrate:
A man who is running late, yet again, is caught up at a red light that just seems to be taking forever to change.
In the car in front of him, there is a young lady who just found out her dear friend is terminally ill.
The light they both have been waiting at changes, the girl does not notice straight away as she is momentarily lost in thought. The man, short of fuse, lays on the horn. This not only makes the young lady jump, but sets her fragile mood down a grumpy road as well.
How many times have we been in that situation, playing the roll of either character?
Is it necessary to lay on ones horn? Would not a small short courtesy beep be sufficient?
Instead of allowing ones mood to be dictated by that of a rude stranger, should we not bear in mind the anger expressed really has nothing personally to do with us and that angry man is dealing with his own issues.
My point is as Plato said so well, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.