Compassion

Does society have the power to demand the people have compassion? In the tale about the Good Samaritan several people passed without giving help. It seems the percent of people being good is a minority. In a democracy that would not be enough votes to pass.

Today’s world has a lot more rules and control over people. So much so that they can not be enforced so the government selectively enforces and that creates propaganda to get the others to follow the rules. But what about the requirement of the citizen’s obligation to report crime? When 90% of crime goes unpunished, I have to wonder about the system’s ability to protect me and my rights. Then we have local and state governments refusing to obey Federal laws. Where does that leave us?

I suspect we need to discriminate which people we are Good Samaritan’s to and which we have a natural fear to abandon. Do emotions always give us the best signal for survival for our selves and all of humanity? Those with the survival genes pass them on. Those that take more high risks do not live long enough to pass on their irrational emotional judgements. Yes some high risks pay off and some risk taking is necessary for progress. Are you smart enough to choose which?

One Response to “Compassion”

  1. jnewman says:

    So many topics. Compassion/good Samaritan, reporting crime, lack of crime enforcement, governments role, selectively enforcing laws, emotional signals for survival. Where oh where does one start?

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