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Monday, April 4, 2011

Compassion for Mud

"C" is for Compassion

Compassion is feeling empathy or sympathy about a situation, along with a desire to alleviate the suffering of those involved.

We're quite accustom to feeling compassion for other "living" things like people and animals.  But what about the rest of the living world?  Have you ever felt compassion for a tree?  Maybe you have - it's rather obvious that a tree is alive.   But what about water or dirt? Mix them together and you get mud.  Have you ever felt compassion for mud?  Probably not, but at the microscopic level mud is just teeming with life.

So how do you have compassion for squiggles under a microscopic?  Consider that the long term survival of our species is totally dependent on the mantle of mud cloaking our planet.  To alleviate the suffering of the mud is to alleviate our own future suffering.

2 comments:

  1. I love this idea, thanks for posting.

    This is flippant, but you reminded me of a Jack Handey quote: "If trees could scream, would we still cut them down? ... Maybe, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason."

    It is a good point, though: everything connects.

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  2. There's always room for flippancy! And it's a great quote - thanks.

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