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2 thoughts on “Christmas, Compassion and Trust

  1. Happy Solstice and Seasons Greetings!!!

    Excellent post! Actually, this subject is very “ON TOPIC” with regards to our questions about what is it about this TV World that at least mostly frustrates me and a lot of others. The vast majority of television has nothing to do with nurturing, or teaching about compassion, but rather dwells in the voyeuristic entertainment(?) psycho dramas of winning, greed, manipulation, power, wealth and violence. Though, I often say to people, why do you bother watching television for scripted dysfunctional drama, when all you have to do is follow the news (horror) on Wall street…

    Hmmm, I wonder what might have been prevented if Madoff and his associates had been nurtured instead in the realms of collaborative compassion before they began devouring the entire financial portfolios of thousands and thousands of organizations and individuals? Maybe, (hopefully?), this is but another one of our massive cultural shake downs that will make more of us deeply reflect upon where we (some of us) have allowed our culture to stray onto such dangerous territories… and decide that this is not where we want to continue traveling…

    Inhumanity, greed and insatiable material desire will not flourish, or survive in the properly enlightening state of compassionate awareness. And this is not about any religions teaching (or Gurus), or taking claim (and payment) for this human compassionate genetic trait, it is about our native, intuitive intelligence that desires to make our world a more just and, enjoyable experience. We are genetically compassionate, it is how we have survived…

    The gift and spreading of compassion, now that is a holiday idea I will support and feel good about!

    It would be a nice subject to focus upon in the coming year, when we will be facing down some pretty unusual challenges… and it may be the most important tool and skill we use in these uncertain times.

    Cheers,

    Chris

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  2. Hi Chris

    “Actually, this subject is very “ON TOPIC” with
    regards to our questions about what is it about
    this TV World that at least mostly frustrates me
    and a lot of others. The vast majority of television
    has nothing to do with nurturing, or teaching about
    compassion, but rather dwells in the voyeuristic
    entertainment(?) psycho dramas of winning, greed,
    manipulation, power, wealth and violence. Though,
    I often say to people, why do you bother watching
    television for scripted dysfunctional drama, when
    all you have to do is follow the news (horror)
    on Wall street…”

    Well, I certainly agree with you here… Defenders
    of TV point out that TV can also teach pro-social
    values as well as anti-social values (greed,
    manipulation, power, wealth and violence, etc.)
    But the truth is that pro-social values (such as
    compassion and ethics) just aren’t as intrinsically
    entertaining to watch as the machinations of
    attractive and charismatic villains.

    “Maybe, (hopefully?), this is but another one of
    our massive cultural shake downs that will make
    more of us deeply reflect upon where we (some of
    us) have allowed our culture to stray onto such
    dangerous territories… and decide that this is
    not where we want to continue traveling…”

    I hope so. This whole financial melt-down has
    resulted in some serious soul-searching, but
    will this be enough?

    “The gift and spreading of compassion, now that
    is a holiday idea I will support and feel good
    about! It would be a nice subject to focus upon
    in the coming year, when we will be facing down
    some pretty unusual challenges… and it may be
    the most important tool and skill we use in these
    uncertain times.”

    I too believe that compassion (and knowledge!) are key.
    We seem to be drowning in an informational overload,
    with little wisdom, and definitely not enough compassion.

    I’ll try to do my part!

    Cheers to you too, and thank you for your (as always)
    kind words.

    Terry

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