If We But Care

There is something alarmingly unnatural when a person is insensitive to suffering.

An aversion to suffering is a quality natural to the human condition.  Granted, there are exceptions to any natural truth.  Just as there are occasional physical birth defects, there are surely likewise social birth defects as well.  Yet for the most part every person is naturally sensitive to suffering. Most folks simply cannot bear the sounds or sights of the suffering of another sentient being.  Be it a complete stranger weeping; a dog writhing in pain after being hit by a car; or even a cow suffering as it is slaughtered for beef; most people cannot bear the sights and sounds of such trauma.  This human quality of “aversion to suffering” is a good quality, and one which we should heed as a worthy companion to guide us in our daily doings.

It seems to me that the natural aversion to suffering is founded upon yet a more fundamental quality which is likewise natural to the human condition.  Is it not genuine goodness which moves us to such an aversion to suffering?  Thus is not genuine goodness a quality natural to our human condition?  I personally cannot cipher it any other way.

Albeit genuine goodness seems to be a quality natural to our human condition; nonetheless such  must be cultivated and developed in order to be experienced.  In fact, such is the case with many natural human qualities.  Imagine a person who never stood on their feet to walk. In spite of their innate ability to walk, it would be as though they were a cripple.  So it is with those who do not cultivate their natural goodness.  It is as though they had no goodness within, in spite their own natural goodness.

And how does one cultivate the natural goodness within?  How does one stay in tune with their natural sensitivity to suffering?  By merely allowing our genuine goodness to naturally develop unimpeded by external influences.  There is no barrier to our “sensitive side” unless we are distracted from our own genuine goodness.   Many a good person is distracted from their natural goodness by external influences which condition them to become insensitive to the suffering of others.

For example, many a person has been distracted from their genuine goodness only to develop into a racist.  Yet no such person naturally develops into that pathetic state of thinking.  No one is born a racist, and no one develops naturally into that psychology.  External influences all too often distract a person from their natural goodness, only to condition a good person to become insensitive to the feelings of others.

There are others who have been distracted from their genuine goodness only to develop into sexists.  No man naturally develops into that pathetic state of thinking.  No man is born a sexist, and no one naturally develops into that psychology.  External influences all too often distract a person from their natural goodness, only to condition a good person to become insensitive to the feelings of others.

Then again there are those who are distracted from their genuine goodness only to develop so as to become greedy and selfish.  No one naturally develops into that pathetic state of thinking.  No one is born greedy and selfish, and no one naturally develops into that psychology.  External influences all too often distract a person from their natural goodness, only to condition a good person to become insensitive to the needs of others.

There are also those who are distracted from their genuine goodness only to develop into homophobes.  No one naturally develops into that pathetic state of thinking.  No one is a born bigot, and no one naturally develops into that psychology.  External influences all too often distract a person from their natural goodness, only to condition a good person to become insensitive to the feelings of others.

There are those who are distracted from their genuine goodness only to become insensitive to the suffering of the poor and the underprivileged.  No one naturally develops into that pathetic state of thinking.  No one is born insensitive to the needs of the poor, and no one naturally develops into that psychology.  External influences all too often distract a person from their natural goodness, only to condition a good person to become insensitive to the feelings of others.

There are those who are distracted from their genuine goodness only to become insensitive to the suffering of those who are the victims of war.  No one naturally develops into that pathetic state of thinking.  No one is born insensitive to the suffering of “foreigners” or “enemy combatants”, and no one naturally develops that psychology.  External influences all too often distract a person from their natural goodness, only to condition a good person to become insensitive to the physical suffering of others.

Indeed it is the case that external influences distract so many folk from their natural goodness so as to condition the unsuspecting to a psychology foreign to their original nature and contrary to their original thinking.  There are so many social issues whose core problems derive from minds who have been collectively conditioned to be insensitive to the needs and suffering of others.

It is difficult to imagine anyone denying any other being  medical aid in time of physical need, yet so many argue against healthcare for all.

It is difficult to imagine anyone denying anyone else the social benefits of a loving relationship, yet so many argue against the rights of same gender relationships.

It is difficult to imagine anyone actually thinking they are any better than anyone else, yet so many prejudge another by their race or social preferences.

It is difficult to imagine anyone supporting the slaughter of the innocents, yet so many support mass killings in the quest for a certain few in times of war.

It is difficult to imagine anyone supporting physical torture, yet many actually debate the ethics of such in times of war.

It is difficult to imagine anyone actually killing another person, yet many do so and support the same; especially in times of war.

In fact, it is just all too difficult to imagine anyone supporting racism, sexism, bigotry, torture, murder, or any other number of “unimagineables”; but people, there is no need to imagine such since all we have to do is to observe the realities of a society who has lost its natural sensitivity.

People, we as a society have lost that which many single individuals lose “day by day along the way”.  As a society we have lost touch with our natural sensitivity to the suffering of others.  Shame on us!!

There are some who will disagree with my assessment.  There are some who will agree, but shrug their shoulders as if there is no solution.  There are those who will agree and exclaim:  “God help us”.

As for me; I exclaim:  “Let us help us!”  We are the problem; therefore we are the solution.

If we but care…..

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