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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Something in the Water

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11 NIV).

There is a phenomenon that continues to bring me much wonderment. I have seen people spare no resources in providing their own children a rich nurturing environment – including private schools, material abundance, memorable vacations, health services, security, stability, and loving discipline. They know all these things are essential and fundamental to raising healthy kids. Yet these same people show no sympathy at all for children of the streets who have none of these advantages. This mean streak – this essential cruelty – closes off the flow of mercy and generosity – even common sense – at one's front doorstep. This astounding ability to circumscribe one's sympathies to a tight circle of self-interest can only be ascribed in my thinking to there being something in the water – or more likely – in the bottles of booze that substantially serve to anesthetize against the common pains of mortality.

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