Saturday, August 13, 2016

Thoughts - August 13, 2016

“There are so many ways of being despicable it quite makes one’s head spin. But the way to be really despicable is to be contemptuous of other people’s pain.”
― James Baldwin.
We think we don't do this....we truly don't mean to do this. But I remember, as a child, the first time I heard someone say, "she's made her bed, now she can sleep it." And it was said so gleefully that it confused me. I asked my mom why someone would say such a thing and she said she didn't have aclue. We rescue each other in my family - thank heavens!! But it's not to say we're perfect. Perhaps we say - 'oh, they're fat and so they 'brought their illness to themselves', blah, blah. Or 'they didn't think....and now they're facing the music." Yes, I realize now...that is being contemptuous of other's pain. And the thing is, we all have been on the other side of such statements. I think that's part of the 'love your neighbor as you love yourself' flip-side of things!! - Beth Almond Ford

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