Website Overview

This site has two pillars, understanding suffering and enabling compassion. We merged much of the content from our website,, into, creating a new logo and layout. You will see that this site retains dozens of the best articles on compassion , but we have also added new material on suffering, both personal suffering and world suffering.

Some people ask what suffering and compassion have to do with each other; to others it is obvious. Many teachers and authors point out that suffering is embedded within the essence and definition of compassion. Think of compassion as simply the desire to alleviate specific suffering. Exposure to a situation of suffering shapes how a compassionate person comes to help reduce the suffering of others or one’s self. This site will attempt to lay out the full scope and nature of suffering so that we direct our empathy and compassion more effectively. Look at it as an aid to identifying the suffering most deserving of alleviation or even elimination.

Books. Several books serve as resource material for the authors and readers of this site. Written by Ron Anderson, the book  Human Suffering & the Quality of Life, which was published by Springer in 2014. He also edited a book, World Suffering & the Quality of Life, published by Springer in 2015. Like a handbook, it contains articles by 45 authors from all over the globe. Both books discuss how compassion and caring relate to suffering. A third book, Alleviating World Suffering, is expected soon.

Category Tabs. The tabs on the home page can be used to more quickly find the articles on each of these topical areas: Suffering, Compassion, and Wellbeing. A Fourth tab labeled “Resources” contains links to longer reports and articles on one or more of these topics.

The site encourages active dialogues using the comments feature. To leave a comment about an article, you only have to give a name, create a user name and password, enter an email address, and write a brief comment.

Facebook and Twitter. Compassionate Societies maintained followers at Facebook and Twitter pages for several years. These can be found under the new name of ‘world suffering.’

Editorial policies. Any who wish to add their articles to this site are welcome to submit them for consideration. The guidelines for both articles and comments can be condensed into these three policies

  1. We expect tolerance of all social groups except those that promote intolerance and hate, but for them we expect courtesy.
  2. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
  3. We do not advocate particular religions or political parties.

Deep caring and humanitarian action, not political activism, are our primary objectives. Social policies derived from genuine compassion are especially encouraged. Making the world, and ourselves, kinder and more empathetic takes knowledge, practice, attentiveness and will. Our role is to encourage and support people with this mission.

Contact Us

Questions and suggestions are most welcome. Contact the site administrator, Ron Anderson, by sending an email to


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