Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Accidents happen.  Through no fault of there own some people have bad things happen to them. Dumb is.  Through no fault of there own some people are less intelligent and the circumstances are such as they might there abilities to deal with life is simply insufficient.  Compassion is conditional. Through some fault of our own our heart strings are tugged by different measures, our attention is captured and lost by unpredictable things, and our willingness to help is more dependent upon being asked than sensing the need.

So whether we think so or not the amount of kindness is out weighted by the amount of need. The question is, does the amount of need exceed the potential to meet that it.  I think not.  However, the real issue is the amount of greed. Is there enough potential to satisfy the greed. The answer is unequivocally no. We make judgments about someone's need through the spectacles of greed and determine our willingness to share and too often as a consequence we share not enough with those who are honestly in need.

Unfortunately in this life there are no instances that are not uncertain,  where decisions are not difficult and are not complicated by thoughts and feelings and where there is never really only one right answer or best possible solution.  So how do we deal with it. How do we have compassion on the least of these our brother and sisters and have it not cost us too much time or more money than we are willing maybe even capable of sharing?

As much as I don't like the ills of big government it brings with it compelled compassion because in the government realm it is easy to let someone else feel compassionate.  The problem comes when the solution does not involve us personally or when someone else is willing to do it, for a price, when those with heart can give the heartless people's money away with little or no remorse no accountability, and especially when there's not enough money, more can be had by taxing or printing it.

Some could begrudging go along with that because then all it would cost us is a little bit of money and practically none of our time and if we didn't think too hard the freedoms and liberties lost were negligible and our consciences could be relatively clear.  However, charity never faileth to steal the dignity of the receiever and after a point it persuadeth the less than ambition man to petition for more and the ambition man to hunger for more power to take care of the sick and afflicted, the poor and needy, the indigent and disenfranchised,  the minority and the suppressed.  The call would go out... if not the government... then who.

Dishearteningly, it is only a matter of time before big government is telling us what to do and how to do it all because we would not take care of the poor, the widow, the fatherless, and the needy.

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