Compasion.

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    Where is the line drawn for you to show compassion and/or how far will you go personally?

    Is it a sign of weakness to have compassion?
     
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    Why would anyone think compassion was a weakness? Not to show/have it is a sign of being dead inside imo.
     
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    The motor in my wife's car was running a bit oddly so I took it in to the shop. They did a compassion check on it and said it was running just fine. Appears her car didn't have bad compassion after all. Maybe you should get one of those compassion checks.
     
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    That's a huge topic! Compassion can be a sign of weakness when people elect politicians who use the Government as an agency of compassion.
     
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    In general I wouldn't call it a weakness. But I think people can take it too far, and if they make a habit of doing so then that would be a form of weakness.
     
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    Compassion a weakness? If anything, the opposite is true. Only those who are already weak are insecure enough to think showing compassion for others weakens them.

    I will go as far as I can without jeopardizing my ability to care for my own, I also will not enable destructive behavior. But most of the time compassion doesn't mean giving materially, just a little of your time and attention. That doesn't cost me anything, so why not?
     
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    There was a recent news story and discussion here about this, I can try to dig up the thread in a bit for your reference.
     
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    Please feel free to expand on the thought, if you want.
     
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    Your time doesn't cost you anything?
     
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    "Showing" compassion is great when YOU are the one doing it on your own time and on your own dime. I think that's the debate.

    For the federal gubmint to "show" compassion, though, is to use the resources entrusted to them for specific purposes in a fashion NOT specifically authorized.

    Now, even though I think that's a less lofty form of "compassion" (I could be REAL generous to any number of charities , for instance, if I had access to YOUR bank account), there are times I think it IS appropriate for the Federal Government to show "compassion" to the suffering folks on planet Earth. Recent example: The people of Haiti. It may not be the proper job of the federal government to give away maybe a billion or more dollars to a foreign land suffering from a natural disaster, but I endorse it all the same.

    There are also other kinds of compassion. A drug abuser (addict) might commit some drug-related crime and face a long prison term. But, the law sometimes authorizes a judge to show a bit of compassion, instead, and "sentence" the addict/criminal to a period of REHAB in a drug treatment center, instead. That's a fair form of compassion, too.
     
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