There’s a beautiful post by Sir Elton John from earlier this week on how an act of compassion can save someone from feeling cut off from society and alone. While the post is focused on the stigma of HIV/AIDS, I think his message applies to other ways that society and culture and sometimes even religion shut out people. I like to think that philanthropy i.e. giving time and money out of a love for humanity and with little hope of gain, is a way to connect us to those who are suffering. Check it out.