“You care about everyone else just as much as you do American’s? What is wrong with you? Everyone knows American’s are the best ever.”
When did compassion become something to be mocked, ridiculed, and disdained?
I can’t count the number of times I have heard and read statements by people recently about compassion as if it is a negative character trait or something they are disgusted with. And it just confuses me. I am not talking about Christianity here. I no longer consider myself a Christian. I am not talking about the Christian responsibility to show love and compassion to people. Although that is also very much a reason to accept refugees and makes me all the more perplexed at what exactly Christianity is supposed to be. The lack of compassion I see seems to be the greatest among self-professing Christians.
What I am talking about here is humanity. I can’t comprehend when someone says that they supposedly care about these people but they don’t want them to come here and/or that they should just deal with it and help themselves. If you don’t do anything, you don’t really care all that much. I don’t actually care how many of the refugees are able-bodied young men with phones or women or children or whoever. Reality check: maybe everyone on the face of the earth doesn’t want to fight in a war. And contrary to what a lot of people believe that doesn’t make you a bad person or a coward. The refugees are running from the very same people that you are so afraid of, and yet you are turning them into people to also be afraid of. I find it cruel and uncaring to not want to help.
It is in my nature to help people. At times it has gotten me to the point where I let people take advantage of me or walk all over me, and I am working to change that. But I will never regret having compassion. I am a pretty emotional person. I cry when a tragedy takes place on a tv show or movie even if I have already seen it 100 times before. It’s just who I am. And I get incredibly angry when I see people lacking in compassion and empathy. Injustice and lack of compassion are the things that bother me the most. Politics aside, we are all human beings and I believe the duty we have to each other extends far beyond anything else in this world that we think is so important.
I recently saw a comment on a blog that said “I am a human being first and an American second. One’s first duty is always to the human race.” And that is what I am talking about. Excuse my language but I do not give a fuck about how superior you think you are because you are fortunate enough to live in the United States of America. You are not better or more worthy of help or safety than any other human being. Is refusing to help another human being the price we’re willing to pay for some concept of loyalty that we have moralized in this country?
It seems simple to me. If you were facing that kind of danger, you would want someone to take you in. You would want someone to show you compassion regardless of your religious beliefs or political stance or personal morals. Doing the right thing is about treating every single person like a person. Politics and religion cause a lot of division, but at the end of the day we are all still human beings.
The reality is we do dangerous things every single day. We get in our cars and drive to work. The benefits and convenience outweigh the risk we take on. Why should we not be willing to do the same when it comes to human beings. This country was built on refugees. We came here and basically terrorized the people who were already here. If anyone has ever had reason to fear refugees, it was the Native Americans. We did terrible things to them and tried to make them be like us.
And that is the problem. We create fear of the unknown and the unfamiliar because we think everyone should be just like us. If something or someone is different, we don’t care to understand or learn, we simply create an environment of fear. And while there are legitimate things to be fearful of, refusing to aid those in need because we are afraid is no way to live. Wasn’t the whole point of “United we stand” to say to the terrorists and the world that we were not going to let those extremists dictate what our lives were going to be? The whole point is to not walk around in fear. The whole point is to keep on living. And part of living is showing compassion to those who need it the most.
I’m sorry if my compassion makes you uncomfortable. But I would rather be me than you any day.