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Compassion Conversation 3

Is it strike 3 and you’re out? (Hope not!:) What possibly could one still have to say about compassion? Haven’t i exhausted that topic yet??? Sorry, but nope. Up to bat again…

THANKS for tuning in/listening!:) For Compassion Conversation 3 context, please check out: Compassion Conversation 1 and Compassion Conversation 2

Compassion and sovereignty go together or should. Who rules the world? Do you feel like: “everybody wants to rule the world!” and if one cannot rule the “world” as in: “the earth, together with all of its countries, peoples, and natural features.” (on-line dictionary definition)…some at least want to rule “their” world! Are you shedding tears or fears ruling your world?! Who really rules your world? COMPASSION?!:)

Welcome to your life
There’s no turning back
Even while we sleep
We will find you
Acting on your best behaviour
Turn your back on mother nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

It’s my own design
It’s my own remorse
Help me to decide
Help me make the most of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

I can’t stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the world
Say that you’ll never never never never need it
One headline why believe it ?
Everybody wants to rule the world

Tears for Fears Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Celtiemama

Who has the right to rule? And who’s rule is right or best: compassion for everyone? War mongers? Big business? The winner of the most votes? The most popular? The topdog? The underdog? The one with the most (energy) gas? The one who cares the most and loves the most? The one who has sacrificed the most? The one with the most accurate knowledge (smartest)? The strongest? The richest? The one here first? The oldest? The youngest? Who decides?!

One wise king (Solomon) with “happy” subjects said: “man has dominated man to his injury.” Another person (who some considered a prophet) said: “It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.”

Those two statements are correct and man’s-cruel (not man-kind’s) history testifies to that undeniable fact! Every form of government employed by “man” has failed to bring “kind” treatment, just treatment, compassionate treatment to everyone…every breathing-fragile life on the planet!

Humility is an essential quality for compassion. Hope You enjoy these points from an article: Strengthen One Another:

“Good results can come when those in responsible positions admit that they have limitations and that they are dependent on the support of others. Such acknowledgments strengthen the bond between those with authority and those subject to that authority, promoting warm and free communication. The humility of those willing to accept help serves as an object lesson for others in a similar situation.”

“For example, children may find it easier to accept their parents’ help in dealing with problems … when they know that their parents too faced comparable challenges when they were children. Lines of communication can thus be opened between parent and child.”

As a parent of 4 kids, i don’t believe they are blank slates that i can write upon any way i may choose. They are gifts, breathing-fragile life, they have personality already there at birth (what my kids have taught me about personality)…because hubby and i created this life, we are responsible for what we made! We were here first, some 30 years plus before our kids were born…so, does that make us superior to them?! Is our knowledge supreme?!

No, we are flawed; obviously! However, our life-experience, knowledge is more mature, more extensive than theirs…with knowledge comes responsibility! More knowledge–more responsibility! Is my life more important than my kids? No! Do i have more responsibility than my kids? Of course! It is my privilege, my responsibility to compassionately care, guide, teach, love, respect, protect and provide for this less-mature, less-experienced, younger life! (No one has the right to abuse other life.)

Because i am “older” life–this places me in a responsible (temporary) position of authority in my kids’ lives until they reach maturity. This position of responsibility is a privilege and does not give me authority to mistreat or abuse. Humility is a key factor for parents who truly want to compassionately help, guide and teach their children. BTW:  My kids have taught me so much. Much about myself, much about life, much about love….much about compassion!:) If you’re a parent, i’m sure you feel the same!

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May be, that’s what compassionate living is: older life helping and teaching younger life and younger life helping and teaching older life. A mutual respect. We all need each other. We all need help. Younger life needs older life. Older life needs younger life. Yet, older life is here first and holds that position of respect/authority…i think we should exhibit respect for older ones!:) It’s very sad that some cast off elderly ones/older ones like they are invaluable/worthless. (Fine wine becomes more valuable with time.) We can learn a lot from these older mentors of life experience!:)

Not sure if you read this previous post: Sovereignty Soup: A World Kitchen

The base of this sovereignty soup starts here: Life and its origin. Why?

Because!:)… if life began on its own then we are alone…(sounds a little lonely to me) left to our own devices, intelligence and self-governance, self-soothing. We would have the “right” to self-sovereignty. However, if life was created/designed (as some believe) then we may not be alone to muddle through life/challenges all on our own….(are we universe orphans?)

Would the designer have “right” to sovereignty? What about a universal sovereign? Oh, not sure about that, eh?…who really likes having someone to answer to? a boss of sorts? nobody likes being told what to do or what to believe? Most people want self-rule, right? Is self-rule best-rule?! (Self rule may be best for the one, but what about the many fragile-breathing life?) Is a lack of humility the reason some like to play “god”? To think/meditate on this topic objectively…one (myself) has to take any preconceived ideas and/or any personal emotions (pride) off the table completely…

I’ve been doing reading lately on various scientific/spiritual topics…for whatever reason the two “fascinate” me…these topics are intertwined and more deeply-interconnected than my very limited faculties can comprehend at this point in my life/learning…

“To take a line of fossils and claim that they represent a lineage is not a scientific hypothesis that can be tested, but an assertion that carries the same validity as a bedtime story—amusing, perhaps even instructive, but not scientific.”—In Search of Deep Time—Beyond the Fossil Record to a New History of Life, by Henry Gee, pp. 116-117

Here’s an excerpt from recent reading recommended to me (by a reader of my blog):

Fact: DNA is packaged within the chromosomes in a manner so efficient that it has been called a “feat of engineering.”
Question: How could such order and organization arise by undirected chance events?

Fact: DNA’s capacity to store information still has no equal in today’s computer age.
Question: If human computer technicians cannot achieve such results, how could mindless matter do so on its own?

 Fact: DNA contains all the instructions needed to build a unique human body and maintain it throughout life.
Question: How could such writing come about without a writer, such programming without a programmer?

Fact: For DNA to work, it has to be copied, read, and proofread by a swarm of complex molecular machines called enzymes, which must work together with precision and split-second timing.
Question: Do you believe that highly complex, highly reliable machinery can come about by chance? Without solid proof, would not such a belief amount to blind faith?


Compassion Conversation 3

Joan Winifred

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