The complexities of life are often due to our own making. Admitting this can be a hard pill to swallow. Truth often is hard to handle when we are on the receiving end of a string of disasters and misfortunes. Honestly, life can be rather draining even when we are not on the receiving end. Observing and taking indirect hits of life’s hard knocks can leave us jaded.
Observing another’s pain and difficulties can affect us as well. And they should. We are all connected. I say this all the time. I have said it for years. When we disconnect from others, we treat them in a very detached manner.
What is so hard about treating another human being as we want to be treated? Honoring the humanity only of those we feel some relationship or camaraderie with is putting the cart before the horse. Recognizing the humanity of all is the first thing that should come automatic with our co-existence on this planet. Next, comes relationship-building. A genuine basic kindness to all should be a given.
This is sheer and unadulterated humanity. It should not require a price tag, which is affordable only by a small percentage of the population. Human kindness should not have to come with backgrounds judged as suitable by a self-appointed group of folk. Care should not only be delivered to desired zip codes or neighborhoods. Compassion should not be dedicated only to those who have preferred facial and other physical features. Decency should be availed to all regardless of language, dialect and grammatical skills.
Humanity should not come with a price.
Humanity should be given abundantly and without restriction.
Humanity, when not free to all, results in a price for all.
Carol's life journey has always been one of service. There have been a number of avenues but the mission is the same. Particularly, with respect to the disadvantaged populations, Carol works to engage, inspire and enhance.