I found this quote that I wrote a year ago or so. I had put it aside to use for a later date, and now is the time to release it:
Adversity can bring us together, but it is love that can unite us.
Without love and compassion, there is no sealed deal. When both parties are empathetic of the other, there is understanding. Common ground and communication may commence when both parties identify a shared outcome. If one party is incapable of having empathy for the other party’s condition, negotiation becomes far more complicated.
There is far too much hate, anger, cruelty, pettiness, ignorance, violence, and greed in the world. Most of the world wants the same, or at least similar hopes for their future:
- Provide a safe place to live and maintain a household.
- Access to clean air, fresh water, good nutrition, health, education, and an opportunity to sustain those necessities.
- To provide for one’s family and feed, clothe, and educate them.
Some leaders and celebrities exposed to power find it intoxicating and become engulfed in the overwhelming high that comes with authority. At what cost and sacrifice do we make excuses for anyone in public who condones the torrent of hurt being inflicted on government workers, who are just trying to do their job? Our government is famous for negotiation, compromise, and making policy. A government shutdown is a breakdown in everything that the United States of America is based upon. Our mission has always been to try to be a model for the rest of the planet.
Hurting the poor, the sick, the elderly, and those workers living paycheck to paycheck only weakens our government and divides us even more. Creating controversy and misdirection hurts innocent families, be it democrat or republican, is a petty and a desperate act. I have yet to hear any understanding, compassion, or caring words to ease this humanitarian crisis.
Love thy neighbor got lost somewhere and it is time to locate it quickly.
Karl, I couldn’t agree more with your beautifully worded comments. I think I have shared your this on my FB page (I say “I think” because I’m never quite sure if I’ve done things correctly when trying to post). Thank you for putting it so eloquently! Pat & Barry
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