Compassion endure discrimination and injustice, compassion still remains.

Compassion is the basis of humanity. As humans endure discrimination and injustice, compassion still remains. Many careers are based on this core ideal, Nursing, Teaching, Humanitarian aid all stems from feeling compassionate about someone or something.  The word compassion can be defined as concern for the sufferings and misfortunes of others. Examples of undying compassion can be found in Night, To Kill a Mockingbird and  Malala’s speech to the United Nations. To continue being human we must protect the idea and attitude of Compassion.    In Elie Wiesel’s memoir Night, he includes the small acts of compassion he experienced during the horror that was the holocaust. In one instance, soon after Elie arrived at Auschwitz, another inmate showed compassion by advising Elie and his father to lie about their ages to increase the likelihood of their survival. Their conversation follows, “‘Hey, kid, how old are you?’…’Fifteen’ ‘No. You’re Eighteen'”(Weisel, 30). This quote explains how someone who has experienced unimaginable oppression and torture can still feel compassion. This man risked his own life to improve the lives of those bound for a similar fate. A man whose life and love was stripped away still willing to put his neck out for complete strangers proves compassion is key to being human. Another point in Night is when Elie gives up his food to care for his ill father who camp officials refused to feed, “‘They said…that it would be a waste of food… I can’t go on…’ I gave him the rest of my soup”(Weisel, 107). Elie’s father was inevitably dying and Elie himself was growing tired of caring for his father, but he still did. Although he was working relentless hours and experiencing malnourishment he still prioritized others above himself. Two different people experiencing unimaginable pain and suffering remained compassionate.Harper Lee, in To Kill a Mockingbird, presents compassion in regards to racism and social discrimination. Atticus is the lawyer responsible for proving a black man’s innocence in a rape case. He receives criticism for defending a black man. In Chapter nine Atticus explains to his children the reason behind supporting this man’s case. He states, “‘… sometimes we have to make the best of things, and the way we conduct ourselves when the chips are down…'”(Lee, 139). Atticus’ statement is the essence of compassion and humanity.  Looking out for someone’s well being even when your own could be attacked, that is compassion.