In “Kindness, Clarity, and Insight”, the Dalai Lama makes a simple, yet profound, statement: “That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities.”
He urges us to help others; he encourages us to do this by cultivating “compassion, without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters….”
Robert Ingersoll, the agnostic lawyer who lived in the 1800s and who so often championed conscience, exhorts us (“The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll”) to use our hearts and brains and become “superior” human beings. What is this superior person about?
The wise Robert answers:
“The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless. He stands erect by bending above the fallen. He rises by lifting others.”
Mary Ann Evans’ “Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life”, published first as a series in 1871-72 has one of the lead characters (Dorothea Brooke) gift us this line: “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?”