The Chinese symbol for benevolence is composed of the symbol for “two” and the symbol for “person”—because benevolence is what ought to characterize the relationship between any two people.

The Latin roots of the word compassion, one of the Buddhists’ favourite English words, are “together” and “suffer”—because to truly be kind means understanding that every single individual is fighting their own battles in their own ways—remembering that we’re all essentially in this struggle together.

The Christian virtue of charity was rendered in the early days of the Church as agápē, from the Greek meaning “love” or “feast”—because the sincerest sharing reflects the deepest caring.

These are lessons and virtues passed down to us all. These are the same lessons we pass on to children of our own.

Let’s not forget our own advice.

Let’s not forget what we teach our kids.

Asians. Muslims. Gays. Whites. Women. Christians. Blacks. Men. Buddhists. Latinos. Straights. We’re all different. But the experiences of anyone can be so familiar to everyone. Because we are all, at the end of the day, human.

Let’s not forget benevolence or compassion or charity or kindness.

Let’s not forget what we teach our kids.

#JeSuisOrlando.

This post was originally published on 15 June 2016 on the blog The Planctonian.