Isn’t is amazing that compassion for others is a major theme of every major world religion? Everyone, no matter what choices or circumstances they have in life, experiences suffering. Not only is compassion featured prominently as a way to be in the world across all religions, but there is an evolutionary component. When we experience compassion, our hormones secrete oxytocin in parts of our brain activating our pleasure centres. I’m not going to promote a specific religion – or lack thereof – I’m just saying that we suffer far less when we are willing to suffer together.