you cannot turn away

“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”

Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe
Thank you to my friend Suzanne, for sharing this marvelous quote with me.

3 thoughts on “you cannot turn away”

  1. Resonates especially after Orlando and the tragedy of the toddler at Disney World. Haven’t been able to stop crying. This quote is comforting and heartening. Thank you.

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