What has happened to America’s soul? The Bible teaches us to “love thy neighbor,” but all we seem to do is talk at each other, argue to the minutia, look out for number one, and cocoon ourselves behind locked doors and gated communities from the larger world outside.
Most distressing of all, a significant proportion of the nation including many elected leaders appear not to give a rat’s ass about the needy, the helpless, the homeless, and those without a monetary voice in Washington or state capitals. While the delicate petals of compassion shrivel under a merciless dry spell of empathy, the spike-sharp thorns of hate and fear sprout almost overnight all across the countryside. Each time selfish is chosen over selfless, the beautiful sea of love draws back further from its tender, sandy shores.
Just yesterday evening, I was approached by a homeless man while filling up my car at a gas station outside a large local retailer. I handed him seven dollars, for which he was very thankful, kind, and appreciative. The gentleman at the adjacent pump rebuffed his request for help and the homeless man continued on his way through the adjacent parking lot.
Why do so many forsake simple acts of compassionate love? They can bring such joy, harmony, and peace to those who may be lonely or suffering. Just a few thoughtful words, a caring act, or a kind deed can make a huge difference to someone who is in pain. Believe me, I know from recent personal experience. I am grateful everyday for those few kind-hearted individuals who have helped carry me through, including my blog partner, Molly.
Perhaps it will take a flood of tears from heaven to wash away the selfish behavior in this country. Heaven knows, we certainly deserve a cleansing of our sorry, selfish souls. But, my hope is that if each of us would resolve to make one empathetic and kind act each day, others will begin to join in. Selfless acts of love beget more selfless acts of love. Such a simple concept with the potential for far-reaching benefits both on Earth and through eternity.