None of us would be here unless one person had cared for us when we couldn’t care for ourselves. The biological basis for our continuity as a species is love and caring in a selfless way. We all have that. We’ve all seen that. We can tap into how we have benefited from someone else loving us and expand this circle of care and compassion outward. Every major faith tradition speaks to exploring these feelings.
Global health is a platform, and an opportunity, to practically apply care and compassion to the world, to entire populations, because of our focus on social justice. Global health moves beyond “aspiration” compassion – “I wish it could be better for everyone” – to “engaged” compassion.