What would you recommend for teaching children about compassion and spreading it in society?

It is compassion that keeps us together, initiates and maintains our relationships, makes our lives more meaningful and livable, illuminates our hearts, souls and paths, and silences the voice of evil.

We should appreciate what we have and what we have in our creation. When we are about to lose what we have, or when we are faced with losing it, we realize its value.

To give an example, if our access to the water we have is restricted, we will better understand the value of that water. To give another example, when any of our limbs are damaged or lost, we realize that its existence is invaluable.

We can give many examples of such concrete situations. There are also intangible virtues that we know exist and that make our lives beautiful with their existence. Such as mercy, justice, humility, generosity. We must keep these virtues alive. We adults have a great responsibility to develop and strengthen these feelings in our children who are entrusted to us. A parent who is merciful at every step raises a merciful child.

We must instill compassion in our children, who are the trustees of our future. If there is a note that we adults want to send to the future, it is our children who will carry that note and keep it alive.

Let’s not forget that we can build a compassionate society as we approach our children, who are the shapers of the future, with our care and love.

I would like to talk a little bit about the roles of parents in nurturing the child’s innate compassion. By displaying compassionate behaviors, we can teach the child to act compassionately. In the first years of life, children learn by observing and hearing.

First of all, spouses should be merciful to each other, their environment, living things and nature, the parent should conduct some charity activities and visits with the child, if there is a hand that asks for help from the parent, the child should reach out to that hand and let the child taste the taste of sharing, and the child should be provided with food and water to the creatures living on the street. Such seemingly small steps in adult life are of much greater importance in the child’s world than is thought. Every process that develops the child’s compassion provides positive contributions to his/her spiritual world and psychological resilience.

There is no expectation in compassionate behavior, and this needs to be explained well, especially to children. Finally, I would like to remind you of a legacy left to us from our ancestors. “Do good and throw it into the sea, if the fish don’t know, the public will.”

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