Compassion: the wish to see others
free from suffering.
Say what you will about politics. The thing that has me completely flummoxed is how many Americans are completely compassionless.
How can this be true? I ask myself.
But the support for pulling back on our most compassionate social service programs makes it undeniable
The idea that Meals on Wheels is ineffective?
The complete lack of understanding and compassion for trans people? Bathrooms, for God’s sake. Bathrooms.
The idea that it’s ok to not take care of poor people?
Where did this heartlessness come from?
Has it always been there? I ask myself, and the answer is it must have been.
Lurking below the surface is some of the darkest stuff of humanity, and. it’s been given light and legitimacy by that awful man.
For me, this is the biggest shock. That a huge percentage of our population is completely compassionless. That they feel no obligation to help those who need it.
I know someone who has always feared that the Lord of the Flies mentality would prevail. They always saw it lurking below the surface, below that veneer of civility. I have to admit I thought that was crazy talk.
But I don’t think that any more.