Does anyone else get overwrought and ill from the cruelty in the world? Some days it hurts my heart to see the disregard for human life. The horrible way people treat their children and their pets. The abuse of the innocent is horrid such as that perpetrated on children, the elderly, pets and those disabled individuals who have enough to overcome.
It makes me feel so sad to understand that to many people human life means nothing. They are so selfish as to put their desires, no matter how warped, above the basic common caring of their fellow life travelers. Those need not be humans but can be any living thing that requires our kindness to act humanely.
Growing up, we were taught to respect everyone’s feelings and treat them as we would like to be treated. We learned the Ten Commandments as well as the Golden Rule and tried very hard to live by it. Even those less religious among us had a sense of what decency meant and it became an inherent part of our being and our code. Yes, I know, there is nothing new under the sun, but it is splashed across every news outlet and even social media, where many of us first get our news, has no holds barred.
I watch, read and listen to story after story of school shootings and now stabbings. I get a full to overflowing meal of the most unsavory stories about what one person has done to another person. We hear about even parents killing and abusing their own kids. Many women thinking it is okay to abort a baby, not even considering it to be a person as I do.
The world is full of despair and tragedy, both personal and worldwide. We are constantly trying to right wrongs with our often less than adequate justice system. We imprison people who probably would benefit more from therapy than being jailed with the worse examples of humanity you could find. They learn more about crime and hate in prison than anywhere else. To counteract this, we let free some of the worse people in society or just tell them they were naughty and to not do it again, when they need to be looked away from society forever and lose all privileges or worse.
Fortunately, when I feel this way and get on my rant about the bad in life, I also cannot help to remember those good people who do wonderful deeds for others. The pay-it- forward kind of folk who are doing acts of random kindness.
There are people in tiny churches feeding the poor from congregations that barely exist in their own right. There are prayers going out for all those in need and charities to fight abuse and victimization of every living thing. We have people who share their homes, their meals and their lives with those less fortunate as they foster children, handicapped individuals and pets. There are folks whose main mission is to bring up someone’s self-esteem or help them fight a dreadful addiction. Organizations that grant wishes to dying children and people who shave their heads to support cancer victims are good and our heroes. God is truly good and he is not responsible for all the evil. That would be a fallen angel and all of us who do not use our free will correctly, compassionately or completely to help our fellow man.
The pain is there as we view the world in its entirety and the pain brings overwhelming sadness. Before it engulfs you take a moment to consider the good in the world and it will help lessen that pain.