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A Life Without Compassion
by Karen C Vanderlaan

Thursday, March 20, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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A Life Without Compassion


A life without compassion holds little worth.

If one is fortunate enough to have an abundance,

His compassion and good fortune drives his soul  

To help those who are seen to be needy and wanting.


But when charity is given by one to another,

The giver should find a way for the receiver to keep his dignity,

Find something the person in need can contribute

For the one receiving must not be made to feel shame.


It seems these simple rules have long gone by the wayside

Welfare is given freely; housing, food, utilities and more

Those who receive, believe they are somehow entitled,

And live their lives with outstretched hands,

Loosing all sense of human pride and dignity.


And the givers who give, take from those who pay into,

A system of checks and balances gone wrong.

There is nothing left of the pride an self-esteem,

That comes from the work of caring for ones own life.


I don’t know how to go back, but on a personal level,

I appreciate those who in my times of need,

Have helped me out, in trade for what they may need.

I am then left with dignity and a sense that I too can contribute.

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Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 3/23/2008

Wise ponderings in a bountiful beautiful composition. An isnpiring guidelines... "A Life Without Compassion" glows.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/22/2008
I can only echo the messageboard!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by F William Broome 3/21/2008
A Holy Man once said, "We are our brother's keeper. I don't believe he meant continuing relief or welfare. I'm certain he didn't mean that we do it through government, perhaps through foundations, etc.
We're forgotten, or use other programs, as an excuse, but every person, young and older, should show compassion through giving of their wealth. Just this week, a news item said that research has shown that it is the GIVER, not the receiver who is happier after giving.
Go forth... and be happy beyond expectation! Thank you for excellent writing on a touch subject. May you have a Happy Easter.... no matter who gives you something. - Bill

Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/21/2008
So well said Karen, all of us can learn from this lesson. I was told recently that there is no way for humans to do miracles, but they are wrong, the true miracles are from one person to another without reason or hope of reward. Well done.
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 3/21/2008
Very true karen, compassion is a precious 'tool' if I may put it that way. SO many times in this society today, some hearts have hardened along the way but the beautiful thing is it can be reversed...
Reviewed by Bonnie May 3/21/2008
So true Karen, wonderfully said. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 3/21/2008
Karen, I agree with you 100% on this! Excellent!
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 3/20/2008
We don't go back. It's impossible. We just "pass it on" and it works. Like magic!!! I think it's beautiful. Good job.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/20/2008
powerful writing
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 3/20/2008
When we have compassion towards others and show it, we are as blessed as those to whom we have offered such compassion. When others show compassion towards us, again we are blessed. Society today, however, seems bound by an "all for me.... heck with the rest" mentality and although I am often told that I should be much older, thanks to my old school beliefs from generations' prior, I place a lot of blame for the "" attitude on my generation and the fact that so often, parents give the kids everything they want, let the kids act as they want, don't discipline effectively and don't make the kids earn what they (the children) feel they need. If children are not taught that nice things come from putting forth some effort, how can they ever learn to be gracious and compassionate towards the things they have or towards the individuals who may not have as much?

It's a sad state of affairs, indeed.

Thank you for this poem, albeit a sad reminder of society's shortcomings.

Happy Spring and Happy Easter,
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 3/20/2008
well said...and truth...the system has run amuck somewhere along its path
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/20/2008
Karen, you have touched on something which, along with a few other problems, have decimated America . . . You said it eloquently, but firmly, and I can feel your despair as you wrote this . . . God bless you . . .
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 3/20/2008
Compassion is a great quality, and you have it in spades, Karla. It's what makes people truly human. Well done, you've achieved humanity with all its joys and pains, seen the dark and the light,
faced the worst and the best.

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