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Monday, March 24, 2014

Good Samaritan Requisites

To whom will you be a Good Samaritan this week? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1453).

I can think of several individuals and small intimate groups where in all probability I will feel a strong measure of compassion that leads to action.  With large groups, not to mention nation states, a compelling empathy is much harder to come by.  This is due not so much to callousness as to the necessity within the human mind for empathy to be aroused by imagery and relationship.   An image is inherently more powerful if it relates to someone close to me. Leaders often use compelling anecdotal cases to establish relationship and to bring imagery home.  Transformative leaders like MLK use incantations of widely shared dynamic cultural symbols to surpass the arousal and commitment of physical intimacy itself.

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