Sunday, October 04, 2015

Courage, moral outrage and empathy

Last week, several groups of Christians jointly organised a worship service on campus to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.  There were probably ~100 staff and students there.  

Rev. Leung Ka-Lun (梁家麟) gave the sermon.  He made it short because it was quite hot that day.   He addressed the students.  The message I got is this: young people nowadays often feel there are a lot of problems with this world, but the adults - his generation - are not doing a good job.  His generation had in fact tried very hard in keeping the faith.  He then challenged the students to live with courage, to share the Good News on campus, to take a stand with their faith.  

His words echoes with something I read today.  In Bangladesh someone set up an Asian University for Women.  It aims to find potential women leaders and educate them them to change the world.  Their students come from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Syrian and Vietnam.  They look for 3 qualities in their potential students.  The first is courage.  The second is a strong sense of moral outrage.  The third is a sense of empathy. 

I cannot agree more, with both of them.  

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