Caring for Others
Caring for others is expressed by your provision of physical, emotional, and social support. Humankind evolves with a predisposition toward caring. DNA transmits the genetic codes for compassion, altruism, empathy, and sympathy. Maternal-child closeness from an infant’s birth is essential for its survival.
Value of human life is reflected in the social contract within democratic societies. This is the exchange of individual liberty for protection by government. Caring attitudes vary widely across cultures, but are universally manifest by the simple expression of concern, nurturance, and social welfare.
Help those who are in distress, and foster their self-sufficiency. Plan together if possible. Be a caring presence by actively listening, and by using empathy, respect, genuineness, concreteness, appropriate confrontation, and immediacy. Reinforce their independent functioning through monitoring of needs and exploration of options. Affirm, challenge, and encourage them.
Do no harm, remove from harm, and prevent harm. Set reasonable boundaries of your caring actions, or the needs of others will consume you.