G1223, on May 12 2008, 01:31 PM, said:
I did those things because those people are people I deal with here and are a part of the community I am a part of. I am not in a communioty that is half a world away.
Ah. It sounds like our fundamental issue is the definition of "community".
What I keep seeing are people who fall to peices and cry their eyes out oversomething half a world away and then sit there and wait for the next thing to cry their eyes out about.
What's the phrase? "Better a bleeding heart than none at all"? I don't just sit around waiting for the next thing to "cry my eyes out about". And I don't think that the ability to show compassion towards another living thing is ever a bad thing. More problems in this world are caused by a lack of compassion than by a surpluss of the same.
I have no connection to this disaster. I am more concerned that a tornado could wipe silverwinds home and kill half her family. Why because she lives in a part of the world where that could happen. I am concerned when I hear Nonny is heading in for a cancer screening. Why becuase the effort to connect to these people has happened. They matter.
But if a tornado hit my family's home, I would expect people to show compassion because I would show them compassion in the same circumstance
. Without qualifiers like "Oh, they can afford to rebuild", or "Oh, but they have insurance", or "Well, what did they expect, living in Kansas?"
One death is a tragedy. A Million a Statistic. A pity a man like Stalin had to give us the truth but that does not make any less so.
Just because something is true
does not mean it is right
. His comments are also very much centered on Western culture, so all people would not agree to that particular "truth".
So this is why I do not feel sorry for the people of China or the people of Burma. But I do for the people here at Exisle. I look to seeing what can be done to help them when things get rough. If I see someone here not getting helped I help. That is what this place is for.
I applaud you for the second half of that statement, but it does not cancel out the coldness of the first sentence.
But seeing people crying and weeping uncontrollably over this sets my blood off. We have issues which can be helped here.
And only having compassion for people or living things when they meet some arbitrary list of conditions sets mine off.
We have a member who faced becomming homeless. We have a member facing the death of a family member and turns to us for help. Those people matter here because they are here.
Get your priorities worked out.
I fail to see why one person's suffering should be placed above anyone elses. I don't put a higher priority on the cyclone or earthquake victims than I put on ExIsle members' suffering. My entire point is that sympathy and empathy should apply to all