Have you noticed that no matter which way you tune your senses, people seem to be a bit less compassionate than they used to be?
If so, you’re not alone.
Recognizing the ability for some to turn a blind eye to horror has become too common as of late. If you consider our last presidential election, you may fully understand this point.
Nearly half of the country voted for an immoral man.
But, this is not a political post. I promise.
What we have today is a deepening echo chamber of like individuals all sharing like opinions. We see it most often on social media. One person makes a statement, then like flies to shit a hundred “yes men” come flocking around to support it.
No matter your altruistic intentions, no matter if you try to impart knowledge in a friendly manner, nobody seems to want to hear anything you have to say unless you agree with their position.
But it’s deeper than the vain surface of our digital social lives.
The truth is: People aren’t less compassionate. But their compassion is going largely unnoticed.
My ancestors from around 7generations ago were of Roma descent. You might know them as Gypsies.
No matter their title, most Roma people held deep beliefs in nature mysticism, supernatural beings, and occult practices. One such element found throughout Roma lore is that of the Chovihani — the witch.
The Chovihani was considered amoral — neither good, nor bad. As such, the Roma looked upon this figure as a manipulator of the one force which binds humanity (and the universe) together.
If you wanted good things to happen, the Chovihani could incant these things to pass. If you wanted misfortune to befall another, the Chovihani could make this happen as well — all by manipulating that same force.
Humans today are not much different. We all have the ability to be amoral, to not choose a side. We can all give the evil eye. And we can all give the blind eye as well.
We direct force where we desire it most.
We can wish others good fortune, or not. And we can all hope for bad things to happen, or not.
Or, we can choose not to care.
The choice is one we make every day. But it is “non-choice” that we see in our social institutions happening more frequently.
“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners”
― Laurence Sterne
Compassion is a choice for some. For others, it’s an innate part of being. But for all, to choose compassion over apathy is becoming a blurred line.
We live in a world that takes more than it gives.
We live a fast life full of fast decisions, fast cars, fast sex, and fast friendships that barely last a season.
We live busy lives and we busy ourselves with busyness.
And we live among many who have adapted to an unforgiving life.
This may have made some of us cold, numb to the pangs of hurt, hunger and sadness that surrounds us at every corner.
But we are not numb. I’m not, and neither are you.
We all have the choice to wipe the tears from our fellow man.
But only some of us care to do so.
The truth is, the world is only as fast as you allow it to be.
The world will only take if you let it.
And the unforgiving life may in fact be more forgiving if we are to only see beyond our tired, world-weary eyes.
The overworked, overtired hustle-grind has become a badge of honor, when in years past that badge of honor was worn because of the actions that made you who you are.
And, actions define the immoral from the moral.
Don’t let your voice be drowned out by the noise that has become the world.
Don’t allow the actions of some dictate the efforts of many.
Become the peace you wish for, and you will find it.
If we cannot come to the end of life without ever having made the world better, what kind of a people are we?
So it is up to each of us to let our voices be heard.
You have the power to stand against the current of the tired, compassionless waters that have flooded our world.
But be sure, compassion is very much alive and well.
Direct your force where you desire it most, and you will see the world change before your eyes.
Which way, is up to you.