Are you familiar with Buddhism, or curious about it? Do you practice Buddhism?
Buddhism in a nutshell: there is suffering in life. suffering is caused by attachment. Suffering can be overcome, and is overcame by living and thinking in a logical, compassionate way.
The older school of thought, Theravada, has a great English-language website put together:
whats different between buddhism & notbuddhism?
Why would I want to follow Buddhism over hedonism?
In the western world founded on Christianity, it is difficult to accept and internalize the concept of karma; it ultimately clashes with the christian compassion idea. If a person suffers from poverty or even illness, it's their karma; to help them is not automatically an act of compassion. This is difficult even for non-Christians because the opposite is taken for granted in the West.
Buddhism seeks the liberation from suffering for all sentient creatures, so how could compassion be viewed as a wrong? A monk is even supposed to have compassion for a gang of sadists who kidnap him, torture him, and slay him, according to the dhamma.
33chan, come over