EXISTENTIAL THREATS TO COMPASSION

I am against the death penalty. I am against war. I am privileged. I have not been faced with war and the death penalty. I do not know how I would stand up to either though I might not be the guy you want with you in dealing with either situation. I have been with four people when they took their last breath all natural deaths (if there is such a thing). I have walked some paths with people on their way to dying from their alcohol use.

In the previous post’s link I think the husband of his wife who was discharged early as she was being treated for effects of stage-4 cancer had every right to pose those questions to anti-vaxxers. Period.

I struggle with my struggle in having compassion for those filling our hospitals because they either believe or have have eaten the disinformation about Covid-19 and vaccines. I project that many of those people would be against universal healthcare. I am pretty sure that those selling them on those dangerous ideas are vaccinated and have quality health insurance. Those selling those ideas are often the people who are elected to serve people.

What to do with that struggle? I do not take pleasure in watching the carnage and the secondary effects as the wife in the linked video of the previous post experienced. I do not know that I can ask the questions any better than her husband. I am privileged to be able to take precautions against the pandemic while knowing that I am at risk because of the pandemic itself and because of those willing to gamble with other’s lives.

Compassion: “to suffer together” with feelings of helping others to relieve their suffering…

in peace and love

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