Compassion — or the lack of it — has been a recurring theme on this blog recently, perhaps understandably as we do not shy away from topics that raise questions about the behaviour of society and in particular those who govern us. The absence of compassion is evident worldwide — it is not confined to one country or one group of people — it is universal.
I believe that over the last 15 to 20 years compassion has been sacrificed on the altar of human greed. People love things and use people — not the other way around. Possession and consumption have become the driving forces. We are so centred on what we want that we forget and even ignore the needs of others and will often trample on those less fortunate than ourselves to get what we want.
A lot of governments talk about “moral duty” and their “moral compass,” they claim to be Christian countries especially when they are whipping up anti-Muslim rhetoric — the Muslims can be equally as bad in return, as are other religious groups. Yet all these religions have the golden rule — “Treat your neighbour as yourself,” “do as you would be done by” and “harm thee none.” There are times when I want to shout what happened to “Thou shalt not kill” — but that is a debate for another day.
When did greed become a virtue? The last time I looked it was one of the seven deadly sins. When did greed, at the expense of others, become a virtue, become something to be valued, and something to aspire to?
Is this what trickledown economics is all about? The government fights wars over weapons of mass destruction that do not exist, kill thousands of people on both sides to achieve their goal — what kind of example does this set to their citizens? Certainly not one of compassion — more one of a bully grabbing what it can. So if the government can do it, companies feel they can do it, and when the companies can do it, people feel they can do it.
Government greed, leads to corporate greed, leads to personal greed and to the dehumanization of society and the loss of compassion.
Society is going backward — not forward.