Have we, as human beings, suddenly become less tolerant, less understanding and less compassionate in recent years?
As a keen observer of the world and world trends, I have certainly found myself becoming concerned, of late, in a rise, in many western democracies of what they term “right wing populism”. What that term means to me, personally, is a rise in selfishness, a rise in looking inward and forgetting about the rest of humanity and a rise in blaming others for the current state of your economy and your society. To me, that is very concerning.
We All Come from a Proud Heritage
Truganini was a defiant, strong and enduring individual even to her last breath. She is a symbol of the survival of the Tasmanian Aboriginals and her life epitomises the story of European invasion.
As a young girl, she was taught her culture. But, when Aboriginal life was disrupted by European invasion this changed her forever. Despite witnessing the most horrific crimes against humanity, Truganini believed the only way to fight against white invaders was to learn their ways in order to gain empathy, as such, she was one of the few survivors of her time, a time of the attempted genocide of the Tasmanian Aboriginal by the British invaders.
Out of Africa
“What the world needs now is compassion...
now more than ever.”
Does, an Iraqi or a Syrian mother feel any less loss and pain in her heart when she holds her dying baby in her arms than a western mother would?
Did that skeletal. Somali child, who lies dying in the dirt have any more choice on where he or she was born, than you did, in your affluent western society?
Did that Syrian refugee leave his home, his family and everything he owned, loved, understood and believed in, simply because it was the easy thing to do?
Please, in every way you can, show a little compassion, show a little love and help out your fellow travellers on life’s journey.
Grant Leishman, author of Who Are We?
At age 55, after careers in Finance and Journalism, I have finally discovered my true passion in life - writing and I'm now "living the dream", writing full-time.
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