The culture of compassion
Integrity 20’18 |
Filmed 26 Oct 2018
Venue Conservatorium Theatre
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
South Bank, Brisbane
Hugh Mackay AO | The culture of compassion
Drawing on six decades’ experience in social research, Hugh Mackay argues that social fragmentation is the greatest challenge we now face, because fragmentation leads to isolation and, since we are essentially social beings, isolation leads to a heightened risk of anxiety and depression. He suggests we need to become ‘ambassadors for compassion’, rebuilding trust in our local neigbourhoods and communities through a disciplined commitment to the exercise of kindness and respect – especially towards those we don’t agree with. He describes compassion as the only rational response to an understanding of what it means to be human.