The healing of our present woundedness may lie in recognizing and reclaiming the capacity we have to heal each other, the enormous power in the simplest of human relationships: the strength of a touch, the blessing of forgiveness, the grace of someone else taking you just as you are and finding in you an unsuspected goodness. Everyone alive has suffered. It is the wisdom gained from our wounds and from our own experiences of suffering that makes us able to heal. Becoming expert has turned out to be less important than remembering and trusting the wholeness in myself and everyone else. Expertise cures, but wounded people can best be healed by other wounded people. Only other wounded people can understand what is needed, for the healing of suffering is compassion, not expertise.
Compassion vs. Power. In life, beginning in infancy, we seek compassion. Yet, we see power all around us, so we are curious. We are offered compassion, but suspect that power is better. So, when power is offered or available for taking, we often forget that compassion is the answer to our question. Power is not an answer, but an endless question.