Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Weekly Wonderings: Compassion is Key

I don't know about you, but I have found the last week incredibly hard going. After the near sleepless night on Tuesday and the painful realisation of what we've lost, I've been finding it very hard to find pleasure in anything.

Because no matter how much we talk about giving the new President a chance, we have to be careful, as John Oliver rightly says, about the normalisation of Trump. Here's the episode which is very much on point.

It is so easy to get bogged down in it all, but if there is one positive thing to come out of this growing tide of nationalism and the marginalisation of all those considered to be 'other', it has to be an expanding awareness of those around us. The most vulnerable in our society need us now more than ever. John Oliver makes a good point when he says that we must stand up against the bat shit crazy policies the man-baby puts forward at the outset. We must also stand up to intolerance where we see it and show kindness wherever possible.

Several weeks ago, I was at a north London station and saw a woman who was clearly very upset. I went up to her and asked if she was alright, only to find out that she was homeless and another homeless person had taken her phone and the only link she had to her caseworker. I spoke to her for a bit, listened and ultimately offered to pay for a night in a hostel for her. Her response was so telling. 

She thanked me for seeing her. 

She said there were so many who would have just walked past her and not acknowledged her.

So today I ask that readers of this blog make sure they see those around them. There are any number of people suffering or struggling and it doesn't take much to acknowledge these people and offer a kind word. This applies doubly if you see someone being mistreated or abused. 

We must show compassion. 


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