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Our Lack of Compassion

<p>Our Lack of Compassion</p>

What this world needs is a little compassion. Look at us, sitting in our high-and-mighty countries pointing missiles at each other that would destroy the entire world. We wrench money out of poor, third world nations that can't put food on the table or kids in school, when we could be forgiving their debts to us. We fight meaningless political battles while our neglected children grow up with unanswered questions about how to live their lives and who, in some places, are overworked, beaten, starved, and dying. This may seem like a bleak and pessimistic way to look at it, but on the other hand maybe it needs to be seen. People can't keep skimming over the surface and saying, "Yeah, there are a couple of things wrong here, but it's not affecting me, and there's nothing I can do about it," because it is affecting us, and there is something we can do about it!

We could see past the differences in people, even if we don't get along with them.

It is possible, it's called tolerance.

We could turn our many tools of destruction away from our fellow humans, and let down some of our walls of hatred and prejudice. That is also possible, it's called trust.

We could stop forcing poor nations to choose between paying off their debts, or feeding and educating their children. It's not like we can't afford it, we've made it this far. It is possible, that's called forgiveness.

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