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WZM Award presented to Rosalinda Moreno on May 19, 2017 - Garfield High School










 “Love and Compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” -Dalai Lama (1391-1474)

To live with this thought in mind means to have true peace with the world and authentic peace within ourselves. One seeks happiness and comfort through fortune and possession, but the only way to live through real success, is through a life of consideration and love. In other words, compassion is the essence of life. Violence, corruption, and deceits are all drastically increasing within our timeline, but the humane characteristic of compassion overlooks the animosities of the world.

Many have yet to recognize the significance and impact of an empathetic attitude, however, I have come to understand that having a compassionate mindset makes life simpler and happier. For one, we learn to love and appreciate everyone. Compassion is a human instinct which comes from tender emotions held towards others. Although many believe this sympathy develops towards family members and close friends, in truth compassion is towards all humanity and nature. Therefore, compassion is seen and felt everywhere. This considerateness is when we comfort a distressed one, it’s when we help and elderly carry their groceries home, it’s when we toss the children’s ball over the fence when it rolls over the street and not being begged to do so. Compassion is paying attention to the hinders in life and regarding them. It is understanding and performing. Our relationships develop through these actions and thoughts. With the help and support of each other, we would be relieving ourselves from unnecessary stress or conflicts. Considering this, the way we treat each other defines us as human beings. Wars and crimes are result of misunderstandings and angers controlling our way of being. Making hateful decisions derive from the lack of consideration towards others. If there was a little more sensitivity and regard for others in the world, there wouldn’t be attacks among countries or cultures or races. As stated by Dalai Lama, we need the compassion, we need the love and sympathy in our lives. These characteristics are a way of life, they are necessities, they are human nature. Compassion is the solution to world peace and salvation.

Although perceived as an external feeling, compassion can come across us in a different and powerful way. Before trying to solve world peace, we first need to coincide with our inner peace. We need to love and understand ourselves. Noticeably, many disputes come from an inner thought, and not anger held towards others. This is the result of deep discomfort, which can only be relieved through an internal cleansing. Understanding what we have lived through and what decisions we’ve made helps us reconnect with ourselves. Compassion for ourselves is caring about ourselves, meaning we learn to appreciate our qualities but also embrace our flaws. One can only demonstrate their peace when they themselves have found that equality. In simpler terms, we need to love ourselves in order to love each other. Without our compassion, there would be no humanity.



Ruth Ratna Handy, LCSW
(818) 834-5925


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