Why All the God Talk? Part 3 of 4: Selective Compassion

[This is the third part of a journal entry that was originally written between October 30th – November 3rd, 1997 (start with Part 1: The Ancient Automobile here). You can read what Today Jay has to say about what Yesterday Jay wrote in the Post Script. Enjoy!]

I recall reading a short essay by a monk who helped people in a hospital. He told a story of a little girl bring brought in near death. Her parents had been killed by pirates, and a pirate had raped and beaten her and left her for dead. She did die, but not right away.

The monk felt sympathy for the girl, then in a burst of insight he did something seldom done: he felt sympathy for the pirate. He realized that the man had been born and raised in a situation where this behavior was what was shown to him and demanded of him. He realized that he could have become that pirate just as easily as he had become a monk. He saw that if we could look upon that child as a innocent victim of circumstance, those same eyes could look upon that pirate as an innocent victim of circumstance. Continue reading “Why All the God Talk? Part 3 of 4: Selective Compassion”