The world is a cold place.
Sure, we all have our fun times — you will have your triumphs and your revelry. But at the end of the day, it’s survival of the fittest.
Animals and humans included.
I realized this today firsthand while driving, and it brought me to tears — more on that in a minute. But first, consider this thought.
You know that feeling you get when you find yourself stuck in a precarious situation?
Like, almost instantly — after a sudden decision — you look around and realize you’re absolutely screwed?
You know what I’m talking about. You’ve done it, and so have I.
These are the moments when hindsight is nearly instant. And a great example of this is the timely decisions we make when driving.
Once you commit to a turn, or decide to try and make the light, you’ve set the wheels of fate in motion.
You could make it.
Or, you could get a ticket.
You could also smash into someone or get pulverized. But be certain, once this commitment is made, you’re no longer in control of the outcome.
Because you’ve placed yourself at the mercy of the universe — and of traffic.
Many of us do this daily.
So, what does any of this have to do with living in a world void of compassion?
Let me explain.
You can look anywhere and see just how self-absorbed and cruel people truly are.
We see it on the news daily.
We see the elderly being tossed aside, knocked to the ground, beaten and even tortured.
We see children abused and helpless infants tossed into dumpsters.
Animals are thrown into rivers while a crew of degenerates catches it on video.
You see all of this heartbreaking shit, and it continues.
The debate is a simple one. And, it’s not even really a debate at all. It’s really a simple fact.
People just don’t care.
More to the point, most people don’t care until they’re made to care. And this is to say, they really don’t care until it affects them personally.
But this is life.
It is an unfortunate truth that we all must accept. With love comes the antithesis of love. For all the great things we’re capable of, we’re also capable of unimaginable cruelty.
Humanity is blessed and cursed, seemingly evolving toward de-evolution.
It’s a part of the cold world, the world that cares little for your status, your money or the type of car you drive.
Without any of the “things” that makes you, you, you’re still a part of the world.
And the world will swallow you up if you let it.
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
― Mother Teresa
Today I was driving down to the beach with my son. It was a typical, routine drive, one that we make a few times a week at least.
Only today was much different.
Nearing the I-10 exchange, the busiest section of the highway, I saw a kitten in the road in the far northbound lane.
The animal was barely a month old if I had to guess. And she was sitting there, curled up, cowering and flinching each time a car passed over her.
She was in the tire-path, and I watched as car after car, truck after truck passed over her, tires barely inches away from crushing her tiny body.
I could not help the tears. And I felt powerless to do anything about it.
There was no place to turn around and try to help her.
I only hope she made it to safety.
It saddens me even more just writing these words, but this is the lack of compassion that we see in real time.
I can say without a doubt, had I been traveling the opposite direction and saw her, I would have stopped. Yet, countless people did not, and this is the problem with the world we’ve created for ourselves.
We simply don’t value life, especially life other than our own.
“Compassion is the basis of morality.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer
In life, we all find ourselves in sticky situations. And often the first thing we do is look to someone for help.
But that poor kitten couldn’t.
She could only sit still, and hope for a change in the environment she’d found herself in.
And many of us know exactly what this is like.
If you go through life begging for compassion but you’re unwilling to give it, you won’t ever know what true compassion is.
If you find yourself unable to change your environment, you’ll soon know the real definition of karma.
And if you travel onward, valuing “things” over life, you’ll meet the greatest villain of them all.
Be the compassion you wish to see in the world, and you will then be able to live among the heartless.