Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Good Samaritan and the Spiritual Zombies

A homeless man shows New York that he has more compassion than most of the rest of the city. The people who ignored the dying man, who could not even be bothered to dial 911, are the walking dead. This is what Jesus means when he says, "Let the dead bury the dead". Avoid at all costs becoming a spiritual zombie. Is a society of such zombies already dead and just pretending to be living? Is such a society worth saving, or is it rotten to the core?

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Went to New York 1984 - and ALL WITHIN ONE DAY on Fifth Avenue watched:

- street entertainers demand a fee from all passersby who took their picture (was this mugging?)

- watched a "dark chap" systematically pickpocketing in front of Sachs.

- Mom was surrounded and almost mugged

- my whole family was almost assaulted in the subway but for the intervention of a transit cop.

Its far from the high ideals of generosity to Wall Street I know but is there balance in planting those mugged of the past so anonymously??
 
It sounds like you took a trip to a human wilderness when you went to New York. I'm not sure I can answer your question. Almost every human being recognizes at some point that life is a precious gift that should not be thrown away. Every one considers their own life more important than any one else's except for those people who willingly give their lives to save others or who commit suicide in the depths of pain or despair. We condemn suicide, yet praise self-sacrifice in the service of others. In the end, we are all anonymous seen through the mists of time. I suppose that what matters is what we do this minute, and how we touch others. Do not confuse material wealth with spiritual wealth. The poorest man may be far wealthier in spirit than the billionaire consumed by insatiable greed.
 
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