“The key to real leadership is to enter into the pain of the people. Vicarious suffering is greater than our own suffering. Showing compassion means that you feel the pain because you reckon with the pain. It is one thing to suffer discrimination or go without food; it is another to feel the struggle of the oppressed person or the hungry person and then also walk with him to a place of freedom.“
- Shane Claiborne/John M. Perkins: Follow me to Freedom. Leading and Following as an Ordinary Radical, Ventura/CA: Regal, 2009, 151f.