July 28, 2011

That Poverty Project . . . Raison d'Etre (Day 6 - July 28, 2011)

That Poverty Project is about . . . unleasing compassion on a global scale like hasn't been seen before.  There is no doubt that there is compassion in the world as demonstrated by many.  There is no doubt that when tragedy strikes a lot of people stand up and do their part.  However, the problem is that the compassion displayed by many is far outnumbered by the apathy shown by most.  Further, those that stand up are often the same people over and over again.  I believe that we can create a world where more people exhibit the compassion that is already within them (and influence their leaders as well), and that with more people (and their governments) involved the load is quite light for all.  And . . . the resulting world in which we live will be better for us all!

How does That Poverty Project play a role in "unleashing compassion"?  Step #1 . . . build understanding.  Like a bridge connecting two distinct parts, That Poverty Guy walks from "have" to "have not" reflecting and communicating along the way . . . perhaps helping each of us see our world a little differently.  Step #2 . . . from understanding comes empathy.  When people understand the problem and that at our core we are all similar, and what it looks like to be in someone else's shoes, it is natural to be able to empathize as to what it may feel like to be in the other's shoes.  Step #3 . . . I believe that when people empathize with another they naturally gravitate towards taking action.  This action or engagement with the problem is called compassion.  Understanding begets empathy, empathy motivates action, and that action is compassion.

So . . . what do you think?

Hey!!  I'm That Poverty Guy . . . let's make a world of difference together.

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