Compassion is important to me. It should be important to all of us. Compassion is what religion is supposed to be about. “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” Is one of the most quoted statements from the Bible. Somehow, we have lost whatever compassion we had as a country. The reason I’m saying this is specifically related to the new TrumpCare Bill that is in Congress. This bill will take insurance away from the very people who need it. Anyone who is older, or has pre-existing conditions will lose their health care. Well, if they don’t want to eat, or have a place to live, they might be able to pay their premiums. Otherwise, those premiums will be too big to pay.
Where is the compassion? I look around me and I don’t see any. Disabled people are blithely told to “just get a job”. When was the last time you saw a blind or deaf person in your office? How about the elderly? Have you seen many 95-year-old delivery people, or an 85-year-old working at Walmart? No, neither have I. Even though this bill has “died”, they are still looking to simply get rid of the ACA, leaving millions of people without healthcare.
It’s called compassion. Find some, use some. Be the person you were meant to be. Compassion. One day you will need it. When you do, will it be there?
There has been a lot of talk about pre-existing conditions, what they are and if people who have them can be denied health insurance, or be made to pay more for health insurance. A pre-existing condition is anything medical that happened before a person’s health care policy went into effect. In the bad old days, before the ACA, health insurance companies could refuse to sell policies to people who were sick, or who had been sick. There were companies who did sell policies to these people, however the cost was much too high for the average person to pay. With the ACA, these people were able to buy policies for about the same price that the average “healthy” person could. With the advent of TrumpCare, these pre-existing conditions don’t need to be covered by insurance companies. Here is a list of some of these conditions that no longer will be covered.
As you can see, a lot of people have these conditions. For example, I was born of with a heart murmur and I have had asthma in the past. Heart murmurs, as I understand it, can be a crap-shoot. It’s a 50/50 chance of needing a medical intervention. I never even knew I had one until I was pregnant, then I was told that I’d had it all my life – go figure.
Today is the day that we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I’m ancient enough to remember Dr. King from the news, and the one thing about him that I’ll never forget is his “I’ve got a dream” speech. At some point around the same time, I watched the movie Don Quixote de la Mancha”, with Peter O’Toole in the main role. The song “The Impossible Dream” also lives in my head, and I often think about it. The two are inextricably linked in my mind, and whenever I think of Dr. King, I also picture Don Quixote tilting at his windmills. Is not the search for equality, justice, compassion and understanding also tilting at windmills in our society?
So, it’s been forty-eight long years since this great man was assassinated. I remember when it happened, and I can recall thinking, as only a very young child can, what was wrong with the person who killed him, and what was wrong with the people who celebrated it. To me, he was a hero. A person who wanted only equality, justice, compassion and understanding. I still wonder how some people can be against that. What is wrong with equality, justice, compassion and understanding. Does equality take away? Of course not, it makes life better for all. What is done to one, can be done to all. I’ll take equality, justice, compassion and understanding over anything else that is out there. Wouldn’t you?
Is compassion a crime? Or, a better question, how can compassion be a crime? Should someone who has tried to alleviate the suffering of another be arrested for that act? How about if an animal is suffering and someone comes along and tries to alleviate that suffering? Or someone just films that suffering? Is that a crime?
I started thinking about this question, first when the Ag-Gag Laws were passed, then when individuals were arrested for breaking the windows of parked and locked cars that had pets who were in obvious distress in them; and then again when Anita Krajnc was arrested for giving water to pigs who were on their way to the slaughter house. Instead of writing about this issue, I’ll be providing links for you to see for yourselves. I have only included a few photos from investigations as the images can be very graphic, and the reality is difficult to see. If it’s too difficult to look at, maybe it should not be happening?
So, do you think that compassion should be a crime? Let me know in the comments below.
What happened in Paris was horrible and my heart bleeds for all those who were impacted. But I feel that I must ask the question, “Why do we allow ourselves to be brain-washed that we are all different?” Why do so many religions, and political groups dwell on the differences between us, and not on the massive amounts of how we are the same? The amazing thing is that we’re all much more alike than we are different. We all need love, understanding and compassion. We do not need to be considered as “different” or “separate” from each other. To separate means to have power over us, as a nation divided will fall, so too will a world.
The devils are of our own making. Every difference we claim to see is really a devil in disguise. When you only see others through the lens of different, you are making a devil of another. And, they do the same to you. Love is love; and it is the strongest force in the world. Nurture it within yourself and sprinkle it on others. It will grow.
What would we all be like if we could surprise ourselves with compassion and understanding? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find out?
I’m going to try in just my everyday life to show others compassion and love. Will it help? I hope so, but I do know that it will help me, and in the end, we can only start with ourselves and those around us.
It seems like we need empathy more and more, and are finding it less and less. At a time when people in poverty are considered “less than” there is something going wrong here. People are being blamed for things that are out of their control, but instead of receiving help, they are told they are “lazy”, or that somehow they caused all their own problems. When a business closes, it is not the fault of the workers. When the financial sector of the country crashes, it’s not the fault of the people in other sectors of business.
Our country needs to understand that we are a community, and not one of us stands alone. We need to help each other, when one falls, we all fall. It seems that we’ve taken “individualism” to a whole new level; and one that precludes helping others. Since when did we become so cruel? And, unfortunately when you take away social programs, it’s children who go to bed hungry. Is this the country that we want to be?
Instead of focusing on what we assume others have done, we need to listen to them and hear what they have to say. Compassion and empathy are at the heart of community and understanding. Be the person who listens and hears. The quote, “There but for the grace of god go I” is truer then we know.