How can damaged brothers be so compassionate and spiritually together?


Great question and one that so many spiritual traditions have explored. The connection between intense suffering and spiritual awareness is a mystery. When we try to explain it in any way, e.g., suffering leads to empathy and recognition of something beyond this physical plane of existence, more questions arise. Gibran’s poetic explanation is as good as any.


I think trauma humbles us all. In our humbleness we can more easily see others. Humbleness also gives more room for a higher power in one's life.

Great question. Thanks KimC.
I think it's also about compassion and awareness. Having been through such an ordeal opens our eyes for the pain in others. I think that makes us more understanding and patient too.