June 9, 2008
I had a breakthrough concerning compassion today. I have been telling G that she needs to value compassion. She has always claimed that she considered compassion to be a sign of intelligence. Nonetheless, I have doubted this and thought that intelligence had a more technical definition like the ability to predict the future ala Jeff Hawkins. But now I think that Compassion is a type of intelligence relating to causality. Compassion is aided by the ability to imagine the causes of behavior that hurt or annoy us. Thus, instead of visualizing the future, compassionate intelligence might help us to visualize the past (and really the present) reality of others.