Tag: Compassion

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My husband was watching some commentary on loan forgiveness. The talking heads kept reiterating that this wasn’t “compassionate” because it isn’t “fair” to the people who paid off their loans.

Regardless of your feelings regarding that particular policy, I want to dispel this ridiculous idea that Compassion = Fair.

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Summer is trying to turn to Fall here in Northwest Florida without much luck. It’s Hot, Dry – no rain for 35 days. I watch the birds, bees, and butterflies take turns sipping from the bird bath and fluttering through the cold water spray from natural springs below ground when I turn on the sprinkler. […]

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“I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.” – Jean Vanier More

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I’m very upset. I’ve been a volunteer for different hospice organizations for over 15 years, the last ten with Hospice of the Comforter in Florida. It was taken over by Florida Hospital, part of the Adventist Health system. Now all their facilities will be called Advent Health. The major change is they’ve decided to promote […]

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I thought I’d share this Facebook post from Lisanne-Petal Sprinkles, who is a Facebook friend of a Facebook friend of a Facebook friend (no, really): I’m terribly upset. Thank goodness I have my support animal, Cuddles whenever I do get upset. I rely on Cuddles often. If conservative speakers threaten to appear on my college […]

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Ah yes, it’s the time of year to start planning our New Year’s Resolutions. We can imagine that somehow we will make a heartfelt change to be a kinder person, to get rid of a bad habit, to be a more loving friend, spouse, parent . . . . But many people think that they […]

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It is no secret that there is a resurgent and perpetual upheaval in our politics. That’s been underway for over a year, starting with a particularly contentious and incendiary presidential primary process. And the situation has only gotten more inflamed following the actual legitimate election of Donald J. Trump to the presidency. I’ll be honest, […]

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In the final podcast of the Obama presidency, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Donald Trump’s goal of aggressively reducing the size of government but acknowledge it will not be easy. They also react to Bernie Sanders saying America is not compassionate because our government does not do as much for people as more liberal governments do. And they scratch their heads as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard embarks on a mysterious trip to Syria.

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So I turned to the members feed of Ricochet to feast my eyes. Yesterday was a good day for comedy, so why not push my luck? I see an article that starts with a startling claim. Progressivism is nailed to the cross of wealth inequality. This is the problem with Progressives! They don’t get that […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Don’t Walk a Mile in My Shoes

 

What we sometimes say, when we’re trying to feel empathy — or, more often, trying to get someone else to feel it, is “Hey, when you’ve walked a mile in his (or her, or their) shoes….”

The theory is, if you can put yourself in someone else’s place you’ll have more empathy, more understanding, of their situation. Which makes sense, I guess.

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Imagine with me for a moment: You wake up in a hospital, and the doctor is there telling you that you will be fine, but that thanks to a very rare disease, your body has spent the last 3 weeks in a coma changing your sex. Everything else will be OK, but from now on, […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Focus on the People, Not the Numbers

 

Conservatives and libertarians face a common problem: our principles. Once you catch the passion for liberty and understand how the freedom of billions of humans can coalesce to make a world undreamable by any individual person, it is increasingly difficult to take seriously complicated schemes of regulation and legislation that purport to know better than the market. But why is this really a problem?

I have long been searching for a way to reframe libertarian issues as human interest stories for two reasons: 1) that’s what they are; 2) that’s what people really care about and connect with. To that end, I have been thinking about Jim Pethoukoukis’s “Generation Katniss” post, which walks through exactly the problem i’ve been trying to sort out. I think a lot of the comments on that post missed the point. It is not that libertarian-conservatives need to change what they talk about, it is that we need to change how we talk about it.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Family, A School of Compassion

 

“Good Lord. I’ll never, ever let that happen to me.”

Thoughts along those lines used to cross my mind quite a lot when the Booths and Daytons and Birchards and Balls were all still alive—these would be my mother’s parents and their cousins. They had been born before the turn of the last century and spent much of their lives on dairy farms, the men awake at four every morning to milk the cows, the women awake not much later to chop the wood, start the fire in the stove, and cook breakfast. (My grandmother refused to permit my mother to touch an ax. She wanted my mother to have an easier life than she’d had, and she believed that if she never taught my mother how to chop wood, then my mother would never have to chop wood. It worked. More than a dozen young men proposed to my mother before she married my father, but none was a farmer.)

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