With the Faithful Fools, we often ask students to ponder this quotation.
“If you have come to help, don’t waste your time. But if your well-being and liberation are bound up with mine, let us work together.”
– Queensland Aboriginal Activist
Recently, I pondered myself to a new perspective. My well-being is bound up with yours does not mean that I must suffer through everything that you suffer. It means that I am called to respond to your suffering as I do to my own. It means that my motivation may arise from empathy and shared experiences, but not necessarily from staying constantly in the depths of suffering myself.