The great Buddhist teacher, Kunchen Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen, famously said “We take no sides —especially not our own side”.
Not taking sides means not allowing attachment and aversion to dictate our views and conduct.
It does not mean that we are passively neutral in the face of unimaginable suffering and do nothing to relieve it. It does not mean that we abandon compassion.
Compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others.
It crushes and destroys the pain of others; thus, it is called compassion.
It is called compassion because it shelters and embraces the distressed.