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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. It only took the Norwegians 800 years or so to transform themselves from a pillaging raping horde into one of the more enlightened peoples on the planet. Syria, Rwanda, North Korea, Afghanistan, The United States? There maybe hope yet. Of course we’ve got to get our preverbal sh*t together by Friday; Ragnarok starts this Saturday.


  10. 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.

  11. 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….

  12. 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

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