Could you briefly describe idiot compassion?
Idiot compassion is the highly conceptualized idea
that you want to do good....Of course, [according to
the Mahayana teachings of Buddhism] you should do
everything for everybody; there is no selection
involved at all. But that doesn't mean to say that you
have to be gentle all the time. Your gentleness should
have heart, strength. In order that your compassion
doesn't become idiot compassion, you have to use your
intelligence. Otherwise, there could be self-indulgence
of thinking that you are creating a compassionate situation
when in fact you are feeding the other person's aggression.
If you go to a shop and the shopkeeper cheats you and you
go back and let him cheat you again, that doesn't seem to
be a very healthy thing to do for others.
~ Chogyam Trungpa