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CompassionRise, by Brian Glanz I began CompassionRise as a daily blog about compassion. I wrote for one to two hours and published each day for the first 30 days of 2009. I could summarize it as “30 essays in 30 days totaling 25,000 words, on scientific compassion and civil society.” I also like the way Edinburgh’s Mark James Adams described CompassionRise in a tweet: “@brianglanz says that progress in ethics and morality should be made experimentally.”

One of my inspirations in CompassionRise and in life has been Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States of America. Jefferson had a habit of writing every day. He rarely published, more often writing letters or writing for himself, such as annotating his designs and experiments. “Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science, by rendering them my supreme delight,” he wrote. Jefferson was as much a reader, writing in a letter once, “I cannot live without books.” When I studied at Cornell, I read thousands of pages of his writings (extracurricular :) in my favorite library (here and here). For a short stack, check out Peterson’s collection Thomas Jefferson, Writings or as a recent, readable shortcut for getting to know him, read Ellis’ biography American Sphinx.

As in this post’s graphic, the topics in CompassionRise have been far reaching. I have written on practical concerns like “Innovations, Expectations, and Change” with inspiration from Bill Gates and on “Experimentation” with inspiration from Carl Sagan. I wrote on the ethical implications of incredible but near future innovations like “Achieving Immortality” — through scientific and technological, not spiritual means — and discussed the “Sustainability of the Self” in a related article. I sought answers to questions both personal, as in “Compassion and Revenge” and social, as in “Developing the Human Family” while seeking scientific ethics to bridge divisions in global civil society.

My impetus to begin CompassionRise was a gift from my sister Melissa, brother in law Q! and nephew Michael: “Insight from the Dalai Lama” a 2009 daily calendar. Most of the quotations are short and all are inspirational; they are not religious. In CompassionRise, each essay has one, two, or three inspirational quotes. Based on those quotes and other research, I offer my own insight on compassion.

Roughly half of the essays are inspired by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. Other wise people whom I point to: Dr. Hu Shih (胡適 or 胡适), Dr. Carl Sagan, Seattle, Chief of the Suquamish, Duwamish, and Allied Native American Tribes, Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi (મોહનદાસ કરમચંદ ગાંધી), Bill Gates, Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Eddie Vedder, Sister Helen Prejean, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (نصرت فتح على خاں), and Pat Whatley Showell, President and CEO of Families First.

While writing the 31st, I found myself circling back to many earlier points. I was thinking more about what I had written than what I was writing, so CompassionRise came to a pause.

Below are the CompassionRise essays, last to first. Click an image to find associated essays in CompassionRise.

Dr. Carl Sagan -- click to search CompassionRise for associated essays Experimentation
Feelings and Forgiveness
Eagle and Thicket
The Great Responsibility
Common Ground
Achieving Immortality
Sister Helen Prejean -- click to search CompassionRise for associated essays Good Intentions
Developing the Human Family
Compassion and Revenge
Innovations, Expectations, and Change
Pushing Our Human Boundaries
Everybody Can Be Great
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama -- click to search CompassionRise for associated essays A New Independence
A New Spirituality
Community and Inner Strength
Our Sense of Well-Being
Science and Humility
Respect and Responsibility
Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi (મોહનદાસ કરમચંદ ગાંધી) -- click to search CompassionRise for associated essays Our Face of Love
Face of Love
The Purpose of Meditation
Freedom and Creativity
Ignorance and Real Peace
Look On the Bright Side
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. -- click to search CompassionRise for associated essays The Seeds of Compassion
Nature v. Nurture
Resolving to Help Others
Sustainability of the Self
We Are the Makers
Old and New
Seattle, Chief of the Suquamish, Duwamish, and Allied Native American Tribes -- click to search CompassionRise for associated essaysEddie Vedder -- click to search CompassionRise for associated essaysPat Whatley Showell, President and CEO of Families First -- click to search CompassionRise for associated essaysBill Gates -- click to search CompassionRise for associated essaysBarack Obama, the 44th President of the United States of America -- click to search CompassionRise for associated essays

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One Comment on “CompassionRise”

  1. LC Perkins on January 5th, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    I am looking forward to reading your Blog. The world has gotten confused. We hear Tolerance over and over. Yet it only leads to apathy… I’ve made a choice not to let tolerance deceive. Compassion on the other hand, compels us to intervene … to make a difference. Here here to individuals learn compassion… and are compelled by that compassion to making a difference…



Upcoming @ Pacific Science Center?

Joey Mornin, @joemornin on Twitter and a research assistant at the Berkman Center, had tweeted “I have seen the future, and it is a Carl Sagan/Stephen Hawking remix …” (11:24 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck). That I had to see, and when I saw it I had to tweet: “This Carl Sagan Stephen Hawking remix … should play on a wall @PacSci :) via @joeymornin” (11:35 AM Oct 2nd from Google Wave (Tweety)).

Pacific Science Center, @PacSci on Twitter, understands social media. As every person, business, or organization using social media ought to be, in a word they are: social. When I mention @PacSci, they watch for it and in this case their response was: “RT @brianglanz: This Carl Sagan Stephen Hawking remix … should play on a wall @PacSci :) via @joeymornin <GLORIOUS!>” (11:43 AM Oct 2nd from Seesmic). They responded quickly, giving credit to Joey Mornin and me, and added their own comment, <GLORIOUS!> — all in 140 characters. <yoda>Impressive!</yoda>

Will the “A Glorious Dawn” remix actually appear at the Pacific Science Center? Whether on a wall, at a kiosk, or on screen before IMAX films I do think this sort of “citizen media” should be displayed alongside “citizen science” in our educational and cultural institutions. This video accentuates and amplifies important parts of the messages Sagan, Hawking, and science at large have to share. In an incomplete circle, science has made possible the technology, has made possible the culture, has made possible great grassroots work like this media; science needs to close the circle and better connect with the community.

Quintin Doroquez, @quintind on Twitter chimed in, too by tweeting “@brianglanz That was brilliant!” (11:57 AM Oct 2nd from Tweetie) and I could not agree more. Thanks and congratulations to the creator of “A Glorious Dawn,” John Boswell, melodysheep on YouTube, whose video has a perfect 5 out of 5 stars after thousands of ratings and more than 600,000 views in its first two weeks.

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Twenty years ago on June 4, 1989, thousands of pro-democracy protesters — most of them students — were killed by the Chinese government where they gathered peacefully, in Tiananmen Square.

Seattle’s Ken Judd en Montage

Update: you are seeing this message if MySpace took the video down, again; I have it coded to show if the video cannot. The audio is out of copyright due to its age, but regularly trips MySpace automatic filters. I have had it unbanned twice by people, only to be re-banned. Alas! It is a montage from my photos of the works of Seattle’s Ken Judd.

I may remaster the video — publish a higher resolution, remove the birthday reference, add a new opening and closing, etc. Generally, this is a test of displaying video on while it is hosted here by MySpace.

Remember 2009? Google Wave was 'it', good for everything from Pulitzer Prize winning journalism to Open Science Notebooks. 2009 was also the last time I updated this web site, to which you are more than welcome with that in mind.

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