Anastasia Witts Posted almost 5 years ago Daniel Goleman: Why aren't we more compassionate? I think Dr Goleman has missed one detail here. We fail to stop and connect not only because we are not tuned to the others and are too concentrated on ourselves. We also act under influence of the social patterns where compassion is often seen as an intrusion in the personal space. We are afraid to be rejected or even ridiculed for our possible signs of sentimentality or emotionality which are often seen as signs of weakness. Righteous moves to help, donate and to pursue goodness in general often turned into the business profits and benefits for those who feed on them. Charity has become dependent on commercialism and we withdraw our efforts in fear to be forced to join yet another race for success.