Friday, January 21, 2011

The difference between individual acts of compassion and a compassionate society

images courtesy of The Age and Getty

My colleague Gavin Mooney has written this piece about the remarkable acts of compassion shown by ordinary people during and after the floods in Queensland and Victoria.

Gavin's article highlights the difference between private and individual acts of compassion and the elements that make up a compassionate society. Individual acts of compassion during times of disasters are certainly one measure of a compassionate society. But, as Gavin points out,  when compared to other countries on a range of measures, such as inequality, Australia does not rank well as a compassionate society.

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