Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Call For Compassion

It is not enough to call oneself compassionate. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, is not an armchair slogan meant for the faint of heart. It is the boiling down of all the great religions into an elixir for a better world. Treat one another like you would like to be treated is a call to action. It is the dirt out of which all goodness grows. If there is a hungry person, feed her. She doesnt need your sympathy or cute platitudes, she needs a meal. If a person is living on the street, in a car, or in some filthy or drug infested slum, he doesnt need your pity or pleasant scriptures,  he needs a place to live. If I am killing my enemy and destroying his home and family, he doesnt need my explanations or a copy of my ideology, he needs me to quit. Preaching that the poor will get their reward in heaven is of little value to a person here on Earth who is burdened with injustice and oppression. It is a morally devoid position taken by irresponsible preachers. We have been called to respond compassionately to our fellow human beings, now. The calling has come to us. We are the chosen ones. It is time for us to step forward. Now is the time. Promises of a better tomorrow are not worth much today.

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