Only when the sense of the pain of others begins does man begin.
Hello Good Ones.
"Blessed is the man...that sitteth" not "in the seat of the scornful."
How impotent I feel, sometimes, when faced with the barbarity and cruelty of the world, when forced to look on at the agony of other living things and not be able to do anything about it.
I have, unfortunately, witnessed in my life the actions of otherwise seemingly intelligent people who thought it was great fun to torture dogs, cats, humans and other living creatures. I will spare details because I don't want to think about them. People who do those things are unaware that their sadism is a deep sickness of the soul. And if you tell them that they aren't interested.
To pass cavalierly by any creature's suffering is bad. The human thing to do is to soothe distress, heal pain, protect from danger and help not hurt.
But to laugh at another creature's suffering is the lowest form of sub-bestiality. Yes. Even animals don't do that. Laughing at a crippled man walking in the park is no worse than laughing at a crippled pigeon.
We eat animals and we use them, but safer, saner ways of doing those things can be found if anyone is willing to look for them, just as more heinous ways of hurting them can be found if anyone, from his twisted mind, wants to find them.
The troubles that infect human life do not deserve to be scorned. A grimace may mask terrible agony, or it may not, a whine may be just the tip of frozen hopes, a sharp remark may hide inexpressible desperation, a stern frown may mark great fear. We cannot judge other people's woes. What we can do is to be compassionate, attentive, sensitive and helpful.
Those who hurt and enjoy it will continue to do so until they achieve manhood.
May all good radiance shine on you today.