When Compassion Wanes
“True benevolence or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.” -Joseph Addison
There seem to be three distinct camps of people in the year 2020. The first camp is those who feel it’s important to mask up and do the right thing to help keep others safe. The second camp is those who think they’re awake because they refuse to wear a mask and keep ridiculing and shaming those who do wear a mask. The third are those who are indifferent and don’t care either way as long as they can continue to do what they want to do.
Then there are people like me. I don’t fit into any of those camps. I can’t wear a mask because of my lungs and my daughter can’t because of her neurological disorder.
I’m stuck between camps. Almost alone.
We go into stores and we are quite literally the only ones (Simmi and I) not wearing a mask. No one has been rude to us or even looked at us funny as we pass by them. I’m glad for that. But I do have to keep Simmi close to me at all times when we are out and about because inevitably someone will try to approach her and ask HER why she isn’t wearing a mask.
As someone who is not on either side of the political spectrum, and who has very carefully looked at the facts concerning the COVID fiction (not coronavirus, to be clear) I have the unique perspective that what this socially engineered illness has done is to irradicate compassion.
You might believe that those who are wearing a mask are being compassionate to those who might die. You would be absolutely right. But what about compassion towards your own person?
Do we have the courage to have compassion for ourselves? To ask the question, “Is it okay that I have way less oxygen in my lungs and may do great harm to myself and put my family in distress by wearing a mask even though I’m completely healthy?”
Do we have the courage to have compassion for those who need to wear a mask? There are those who may be directed to wear a mask in order to save their own lives. Do you have the courage to ask for help and stay at home during this time so that your immune system isn’t assaulted? Can you ask for help? Or do you feel unsafe asking for help?
Those who believe they are “awake” yet harshly deride those in masks as brainwashed sheep who are still asleep…I have a message for you, YOU are not awake. You are aware. If you were awake, you would have compassion for those in masks who may be living in fear, actually need a mask, or feel empowered by it because they genuinely feel they are helping their fellow human family.
Our compassion as humans is waning. We have been found wanting. We wander around the stores in a sea of faceless people.
Our compassion cannot just be for those who might die from coronavirus. Our compassion must extend to:
- The mother and father who don’t have the money to feed their children and can’t work or find childcare for their children
- The single person who is terribly lonely, isolated, and who after they go out must mask, and in doing so cannot see the smile of another human soul. They’re hurting deeply. And it’s not just the single person, it’s married couples, children, whole families who feel lonely.
- Those who are suicidal because they lost their job because of government interference, feel scared and alone so why bother staying in this harsh world. They matter too!
- The children and young adults who are forced to endure emotional, physical, and sexual abuse at the hands of those closest to them, and they have no one to defend them.
- The victims of domestic abuse locked in their homes 24/7 with no way out. Add insult to injury by putting a mask on a victim and now they are fully dehumanized.
- Doctors, nurses, and those who work in medical facilities who have to endure hours upon hours of being in a mask. This is not normal and can be damaging to them.
- Those who have lost their jobs and are now facing homelessness or eviction. Who have had their utilities shut off even though the “pandemic” seems to be still blazing on.
- Children, who are the LEAST likely to die from coronavirus are being told to mask up cutting off their oxygen to their developing brains and are being told they must stay away from others. This is a lack of compassion for the nature of a child with a strong immune system. To me, it’s akin to child abuse to put a child in a mask when their own immune systems can handle it. If a child has lung problems or knows the child could die, by all means, please put a mask on them or better yet, keep them home.
- The huge burden put on “essential workers” in big box stores and other places. There seems to be a lack of compassion for them as well. I’ve watched people get short with them, yell at them for taking too long, etc. These people wear masks from when they start work to when they get off of work. The time it takes for them to complete an order slows considerably when there is less oxygen to the brain.
- Pregnant women wearing a mask. This should NOT abide unless she herself feels its important to the health and wellbeing of her unborn child. Otherwise, she should be breathing as much oxygen as she needs to oxygenate her blood for her unborn child.
I’ve heard it said that it’s selfish to NOT wear a mask. Then I’ve heard that flipped on its head and it stated that anyone who requires you to wear a mask is the selfish one.
Both are the same. Both shame. Both blame. Both think they know what’s best. Those who are indifferent don’t care either way.
Some believe that the democrats are doing this to get Trump out of office. Others believe that conservatives are trying to kill people by downplaying the virus. Some believe that the medical team, namely Fauci and Birx are here to help and make us better. Others believe that they are evil incarnate. Some think Bill Gates is the answer with his vaccines, others believe that he’s Satan himself.
Here’s what I believe…
We dropped the ball.
I have no idea what is going on on either side of the political spectrum. I cannot know the minds of corrupt politicians on either side of the aisle. What I have seen is politicians using people as pawns and overreaching their power. That much is clear.
I have no idea what Bill Gates or Dr. Fauci are actually thinking. I can follow the money though. And I do see all our human family being used as pawns to further their own agenda. This concerns me greatly.
It doesn’t matter what they are doing. I could care less about them. What I care about are our people. The real people I mentioned. The ones suffering right now as we speak, living in fear.
Do you identify with the fear?
- Fear of dying
- Fear of loneliness
- Fear of not belonging
- Fear of being different
- Fear of judgment
- Fear of illness
- Fear of change
- Fear of ridicule
- Fear of confrontation
- Fear of government
- Fear of neighbors
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of being arrested
- Fear of the police
- Fear of breathing fresh air
- Fear of others
- Fear of job loss
- Fear of homelessness
- Fear of poverty
- Fear of having your children taken away
- Fear of government overreach
- Fear of vaccines
- Fear of those who won’t take a vaccine
- Fear of those who refuse to wear a mask
- Fear of those who do wear a mask
No matter what you decide…wearing a mask, not wearing a mask, know that I see you and care for you. Know that there is someone in this world that genuinely cares about your wellbeing.
We need to have compassion for one another. We need to see past what we think is the truth and once again humanize others. If you dehumanize your neighbor, friends, family because you think you know the truth and believe they are “asleep” you never bothered to reach out and love them where they were.
I have compassion for that type of aware person too. My hope is that awareness wakes you up to the real suffering that is happening. If not, then you’re no different than the bully in the store screaming at someone for not wearing a mask.
It’s not about the mask. It’s about how we relate to each other. If we choose to relate to those who are different than us regardless of their beliefs it’s the first steps to recapturing our own compassion and breaking down the walls of dehumanization.