29 thoughts on “A Test Of Human Decency . . . And We Passed

  1. Our understanding towards those who are innocent is much more compelling than towards those who are guilty.

    We forget that on a basic level we are all guilty.

    “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

    “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

    “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

    “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

    Jesus Matthew 25:40-45

  2. In America: The kid would be scooped up by a Social Worker and the parents charged with child endangerment. The kid would spend the remainder of his school years bouncing between foster homes. He’ll turn to drugs and end up homeless on the streets with no help form society. Or if it was a black or brown kid in a white neighborhood, the white residents would call the cops who arrest the kid for shaking thinking he was in drug withdrawal, fingerprint him and throw him in juvi where he learns to steal and push drugs. He is finally arrested for selling crack to an FBI agent and spends 20 years hard time. Or the kid is abducted by some lunatic woman who wants her own son and doesn’t want to deal with pregnancy. The media goes into ‘sensational story’ mode and for three months the bright lights shine on this child abduction story. The child runs away from his abductor and is found 15 years later living in a WVA mountain cave where he is given the nickname ‘bobcat boy’ by the local sheriff. Lawyers descend with numerous movie rights offers. Oprah comes out of retirement to interview ‘bobcat boy’ who became a poet laureate and health food guru with his book WVA Cave Poems and Primitive Living Recipes. America is not Norway….

  3. Dredd and John, stop pointing to Congress and start doing your bit to change our society to be more loving and giving.
    Eleazer has the best answer. If everyone would read the scriptures as well as their law books, then perhaps our lawyers, judges, and politicians would be more cognizant of the needs of others. We each need to do our part. This Norwegian video should be a good example of self-examination for all of us.

  4. Giovanna De La Paz
    Eleazer Bryan
    Dredd and John ….
    To avoid hypocrisy convince your brethren in the realm of religion, those who are deniers, that their policy is a catastrophe.

    It will result in the deaths of millions, if not billions, of “the least” and it will besmirch your record in this, the real life.

  5. Exactly Annie. We don’t know what he is telling the people but Jaime’s scenario is jumping the shark. I think most people would help him to get warm. Human instinct is to be kind, I believe, not to be nasty or turn a blind eye.

  6. Human decency has no color, race or national boundaries. A kind gesture is seldom appreciated or make it to the media .

  7. I think people can be good when motivated to be. Most of the time empathy is nurtured but I think there is some nature to it as well. Many of our intuitions are good ones but there is a selfish gene that helped us survive in prehistoric times but didn’t do much more for us. We need to evolve out of it.

  8. Mespo, My observations of good and evil tells me empathy is nature, not nurture. I don’t think you can teach empathy. You can teach respect, which for some people is as good as they can get.

  9. nick:

    When I was a kid we’d always played around the playground after church. The parents were usually chatting away for a half an hour or so. One day a kid fell head first from the high sliding board onto his head in the mulch below but was ok. A crowd ran over. As we stood around snickering like kids do, I felt a familiar and firm pop on the back of my head and turned to find my Italian grandfather. He said you can snicker all you want to but I ‘m not because I was thinking how I’d feel if it was you pulling twigs out of your hair.

    I think empathy can be learned.

  10. I think most people would help a child and even their neighbor when the need arises, however, a small portion of the population is comprised of psychopaths. These psychopaths must dominate others regardless of the cost. Unfortunately, most of our “world leaders” are psychopaths a.k.a. the seeds of satan.

    When you wonder what’s really wrong with this world, it’s the psychopaths that rule, not humanity.

  11. Mespo, You may be right. But, the older I get the more I think so much of who were are is hardwired. I’ve read several books on introverts. Being an introvert, extrovert, or hybrid is all hard wired. And, as you know, your personality type has a profound effect on your entire life.

  12. nick:

    Believe it or not I was quite the introvert as a child but I could tell it wasn’t getting me anywhere so I became quite the smart alec in response. Can’t you tell?

    I also think compassion is cultural with some intuitive overlay. Dinesh D’Souza says there’s a saying in India that the “tears of my neighbor are just water” implying that unless you are related by blood or marriage, the suffering of those around you is meaningless to you. I’m not saying that’s the prevailing attitude now but to some significant part of the culture it was.

  13. Did y’all know that this is a commercial, Where people are asked to send warm clothes to Syria? it says it at the end: Children in Syria are freezing. Please send to….(in Norwegian)
    And besides, even if this were not a commercial….
    These types of posts imply a kind of messages that lack profundity in analyzing humans on this planet. This simple mindedness of “good people” as opposed to “bad people” and that all it would take is a choice! and a “good society”…
    these sort of binary oppositions are helas way too simplistic…
    I always sound cynical don’t I. My apology, I can’t help it…

  14. Mespo, Then you are a highly functional introvert, as am I. But, after being “on” socializing @ a cocktail party, dealing w/ clients all day, I bet you need to recharge your batteries. Do loud noises bother you? Extroverts derive their energy from socializing, introverts expend their energy socializing and recharge in solitude. All hard wired shit. Introverts in our culture need to adjust to our highly extroverted paradigm. But that does not make you an extrovert. Just adaptable, which introverts are MUCH better @ doing than are extroverts.

  15. This is extreme and on point:

    Or maybe you think I’m the crazy one in mentioning any of this. If that’s the case, I encourage you to look around you and see the results of what happens to people when they eat yoga mat chemicals, aspartame-laced diet sodas, synthetic food preservatives and cheap vitamins contaminated with heavy metals. Unless you are living in a complete state of denial, you can’t help but notice that humanity has become a race of near-mutants who barely have a shred of health and sanity remaining.

    A modern young man growing up today in America and living on processed foods is little more than a shadow of the strong, vibrant young men who worked the farms just three generations ago. Today’s generation of youth is pathetic, weak, academically inept and heavily pampered with their video game consoles, Ritalin drugs and air-conditioned schools with a watered-down curriculum. They’ve been dumbed down, stripped of nutrients and medicated to the point where literal zombies now walk among us.

    (Battle for humanity nearly lost). But is it true?

    The anecdote in JT’s post may or may not be an epitome or microcosm of civilization, but we can all agree that it should be.

    This is a less radical sounding rap, but on point too:

    The number 35,615 is a conservatively low number for the barbarically needless daily deaths the poorest of the poor die. If we were to add the next two leading ways the poorest of the poor die, water borne diseases and AIDS, we would be approaching a daily body count of 50,000 deaths. Yes, upwards of 50,000 people per day are needlessly dying on Earth. These deaths are dictated by the greed of a very few, and the rest of us are not changing it — or this ultimate sin wouldn’t be happening, now would it? Let us not forget that the vast majority of these needless deaths are of children 5 years of age and under. One person every 2 seconds needlessly dies from starvation, water borne diseases or AIDS.

    (Starvation Net). Want pretty or want real?

  16. “We” did not pass. The Norwegians passed. I venture to guess Swedes and Danes would, too, given their medical and legal systems and cradle-to-grave security because everyone pays for the services they all take for granted will be there.

    The US of A? SOME of us would pass. Not all. Even our TV fare has gotten remarkably violent since torture (aka “enhanced interrogation”) became the norm in the last administration and the current administration hasn’t done much to fix it (I think they’re just more successful at keeping their black sites hidden).

    For instance, Scandal and The Blacklist have become horrible at showing extended scenes of torture and violence. Scandal, in particular, started out pretty good, but has continuously devolved. In both cases, the lead characters are pretty bloodthirsty and often cruel, and they know it’s all covered up by the US government because of the illegal and unconstitutional laws passed since the Bushista years. No “good guys” to the rescue. The “good guys” ARE the “bad guys” and act like psychopaths (may, indeed, BE psychopaths)…, and no one bats an eyelash. It’s presented as “normal behavior.”

    I utterly refuse to spend a penny on movies that preview with incessant violence and special effects. If there’s no plot structure, there’s no storyline and paying to watch schlock would just depress me for the wasted money and wasted time. Needless violence and/or crashes and blood and gore inserted to take up time when dialogue talking about it would serve as well by not wasting time, it would move the story along, not jolt the psyche of the viewers, and it would cost much less to make.

    In reality people are tending to act like their Hollywood Heroes and emulate their violence. Gaaaaah. Totally tasteless and tacky.

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