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Published on Jul 30, 2012
In the capstone lecture of Week Five, author and activist Karen Armstrong discusses the ways the West can better understand the volatile Pakistan -- namely, through compassion. Armstrong likened Chautauqua to the "pleasure park" that once housed the Buddha in an attempt to prevent him from seeing the suffering of the world. Just because the West is removed (by privilege, among other things) doesn't mean it can ignore the suffering of the world. The hubris of the West may cloud its sight toward the plight of countries like Pakistan, but the answer is compassion.