The highest virtue in Buddhism is wisdom, not compassion.
Unwise compassion—that is compassion that brings harm rather than good—is bad.
I think the Pope’s talk as described in the following article is an example of unwise compassion.
Francis reprimands European leaders, forcefully asking continent: ‘What has happened to you?’
The Pope tried to highlight Europe’s “strengths” with his lofty rhetoric, but I think he revealed some of its deepest weaknesses.
Identifying a temptation to “yield to our own selfish interests” by “putting up fences here and there” to stop the flow of migrants into Europe, the pontiff said: “I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime but a summons to greater commitment on behalf of the dignity of every human being.”
I probably shouldn’t say any of what I have said and what I am going to say next: Each of the major Abrahamic religions suffers from the flaw of holding some word or law or ideal above human wisdom.
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I tend to think wisdom is the highest virtue too, but there are definitely more than a few people in the Buddhist community who disagree.