Friday, January 10, 2014

The Obituary of Compassion

We are mourning the loss of a beloved old friend and philanthropist who recently passed away. Her name was Compassion. Compassion originally born in the cradle of civilization, lived a long life but died in the United States from a vicious contagious disease known only as Affluenza.

She selflessly devoted her life to service in schools, hospitals, homes and factories, helping folks get the jobs done, and giving a hand up to anyone in need without fanfare and foolishness. For decades, petty rules, frivolous speeches, greed and the lust for more held no power over Compassion.

She was credited with cultivating such valued lessons as it is better to give than to receive, concern for your fellow man, love, and taking care of the elderly and crippled.  Compassion lived by a simple philosophy, do what you can, when you can, give when you have, spread the word and teach when you do not. Compassion also lived by other time-tested strategies like; Give a man a fish, feed him for a day, or it is not much, but I hope this helps, and do not worry about it, take care of yourself.
A veteran of the numerous genocides, the great depression, wars, the Holocaust, and numerous other world-shaking events, Compassion survived cultural and educational trends such as the so called “FDR’s Folly”, religious greed, corruption, and austerity.

Sadly her health declined when she became infected with the “Be responsible for your own actions” and “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” viruses.  She watched in pain as self-seeking personal interests ruled good people. Her health rapidly deteriorated when conservatives and libertarians endlessly implemented welfare drug tests, and cut spending for welfare, SNAP/WIC, and other social safety nets. Reports of a principal being fired for not mocking poor students and a teacher was not fired for bullying poor and minority students.

It declined further when gay men and women were murdered for what they are, and many people turned a blind eye; when churches turned into cesspools of debauchery and corporate greed, a constant barrage of scam artists looking for a quick buck, the sudden rise of Affluenza, the attitude of “I got mine, what the fuck is your problem”, and the glut of charities directed solely towards animals and starving children that likely never existed. 

Compassion lost her will to live when the poor started to receive horrible treatment everywhere, people forgot the tenets of their religion (works = charity), and people became more concerned about what they had. When she looked and saw so many homeless, and poverty stricken people in need, but unable to acquire help; and when more cries came out for austerity and cut backs to social safety nets, Compassion fell into a coma.

As the end neared, Compassion drifted in and out of consciousness, but was kept informed of new speeches and cut backs, such as privatizing social security, Medicaid and Medicare, the welfare reform, and charity organizations giving pennies on the dollar to the cause they championed.  Finally, when another president, claiming to staunchly protect the country from welfare kings and queens, yet allowing doing nothing to ensure those in need received; being fully aware of what the grave consequences of such deliberate and ominous neglect can be, Compassion died of sudden cardiac arrest, brought about by the rise of Affluenza.

Compassion was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, her husband, Love; her daughter, Moral Responsibility (who is also in declining health); and her sons, Diligence and Reason. Four stepbrothers, Deception, Greed, Contempt and Ignorance, survive her.  The funeral was small holding only her closest friends, and was well publicized, but everyone was too busy, or simply did not care. She was buried in an unmarked grave, the whole of her estate going to various causes.