I am about to give you an example of apples and oranges and show how they can be different yet mix well together and become compatible.
I was recruited for jury duty in a capital murder case. To make this short, this person killed their spouse. The defender presented a wonderful case and suppressed gobs of incriminating evidence. The prosecutor was espousing facts without producing evidence or substance. This was sad. 3 of us on the jury got it. 2 copped out because of job hardships (that’s why there are alternates) and the other nine were individual fixated on one (and different) piece of evidence. After days of fact finding and discussion I realized that it is like conservatives and liberals. Not much gets done. Well, compromises were made to keep the jury from being hung and starting over on a lesser charge. The jury presented its verdict to the judge for 6 and one half years. 3 of these were mandatory by state for using a firearm in the commision of a felony. Thank the law for small favors. The judge at sentencing did not reduce this sentence. We later read that a piece of evidence was omitted where the defendant admitted killing his spouse (non-chalant as it was) for making aspersions of his manhood. How utterly pathetic. The defendant got away with murder and it only cost 6 and a half years. Why? Compassion.
We have lived thru the last local elections and we are already talking about more schools and higher taxes. We pay our local officials higher salaries and they give us social programs that they want to fund. Loudoun is looking to build ANOTHER new government center. Isn’t this a recession? State government has faired no better with there wants. They want to build a new general assembly building (temporarily) with funding to study a permenant location. How to pay for this when we are strapped for cash and the governor (little g for a little gov) can’t get his socialist programs enacted? How about an extra 5 cent state tax per gallon of gas! What? Gas is over three bucks; what’s another nickle. Next in line are the candidates for the White House. Socialists with promises of freebies for everyone. What about the illegals you say? No big deal. There are bigger fish to fry like getting our soldiers home and insurance for everyone. How about college anyone can afford and handouts to those who are not rich (including 12 million illegals) so that they may feel like americans too. How does this happen? Compassion.
Americans are very compassionate people. They give to charities and come to the aid of the world when ever the call goes out. We will go out of our way to help those in need that can’t do it all on their own. Where we stop is when it is againest the law. We aren’t compassionate with those that use and abuse others. What am I saying! The examples above prove different. The landscape has changed. There are no more rules or barriers. Anything goes. Be compassionate for that drunk driver that just killed a family. The priest that fondled little boys for 20 years. That gang member that killed his rivals because they killed his brother gang member. Are you kidding me?
I would rather see sympathy and empathy towards these types of people. Then let the law handle the rest. That is why we have laws. Compassion is for the dog that got hit by the car. Or the homeless guy looking for a meal. How about a mother trying to take care of 3 kids while working 16 hours a day. The children that need cancer research. It seems that compassion (the apples/oranges mix) is being predominately used to harm the innocent instead of helping them. Remember this when you start voting in the next election. If you vote compassionately it may severely harm the country. Try using research and logic to know what to do. Don’t let compassion get in the way.