I believe that we are all, with the possible exception of a very few, born with compassion. Thus, for most of us, the quality of compassion is already within ourselves from birth -- we need only to find and awaken our compassion.
Last Friday morning, hundreds of volunteers left deployment centers throughout San Diego County to count homeless people, an annual enumeration of homeless people run by the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless.
The concepts that are being confused in this myth are the concepts of "helping" another person versus "rescuing" another person. It is important to understand the practical implications of these concepts.