A World on Fire

September 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

A life free of fear; free from suffering. Happiness and comfort. It’s what we all seek. That is at the very heart of the matter involving Europe today. You would think that with such basic needs in question we would all be able to sympathize with those fleeing violence and terror, yet to some there are far more pressing concerns. These range from the banal to the pragmatic. My compassion does not blind me to the fact that our hospitality may be cynically exploited by some; a concern that I believe it would be wise to heed. But when the lives of thousands of innocent people hangs in the balance I find myself pushing caution aside.

The most horrendous atrocities were committed when humans blocked their senses to the sanctity of life; to the pain of others. If there is any duty to which we, those saved from suffering so horribly, are bound, then it is to be wary of the mistakes of the past. If the generosity of the peoples of Europe, hitherto, is any indication, then perhaps we’re on the right path.

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