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Faith and compassion

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“Every single person has at least one secret that would break your heart. If we could just remember this, I think there would be a lot more compassion and tolerance in the world”

I used to be really into politics. I blame The West Wing. Great show, but rather idealistic. I campaigned locally in 2004 and during the Iowa caucus season in 2008 right after I graduated. I didn’t campaign after my chosen candidate wasn’t nominated as the candidate, but I paid attention. It was kind of an interesting election year (also one of the reasons I actually started using the Twitter account I had set up earlier in the year).

But now? I’m eh. The campaigning is exciting and exhilarating and full of hopes and promises. But, even if your guy wins, they have to go deal with a finicky, crabby, irrational public and egotistical, rich white guys. And I don’t feel we’re progressing as a society. But this is not a post about politics – contrary to what the first 200 words might indicate…

What if we took care of each other? Let’s not assume there are lazy people who just want things handed to them (I know there are some of those people out there, I KNOW, but there are other people that just need a hand) and assume there are people that want the opportunity and just need a little help to get where they’re going. I could work my brain to find the right words but this video gets to the point (and is what got me thinking about this):

I’ve realized in the last few years, I believe EVERYONE would benefit if we help those having a hard time. And this video says that pretty well. We can’t fix the world. But maybe we can just start with those around us.

Have faith we can become better. I think it just needs to start with compassion.

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