I typically don’t post on the weekends but I feel and overwhelming need to do so in light of the events of the past week.
In response to all the people that say “Do your research!” regarding refugees, ISIS, and other tragic world events. I’m assuming this statement suggests that if I read whatever it is you’re reading, I will agree that being fearful (or “proactive” or “protective of my country”) is the correct course of action. I strongly disagree.
I refuse to remain silent on these matters. History has a way of repeating itself and the current cultural narrative related to Muslims scares the shit out of me.
A friend of mine posted this on social media and it gave me pause:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out,
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.”
In terms of doing my research, I have, “The essential conclusion of this article is that a strong correlation exists between the well-being, happiness, health, and longevity of people who are emotionally kind and compassionate in their charitable helping activities—as long as they are not overwhelmed, and here world view may come into play. Of course, this is a population generalization that provides no guarantees for the individual. However, there is wisdom in the words of Proverbs 11:25 “a generous man will prosper, he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed” (Revised Standard Version). It can be said that a generous life is a happier and healthier one.” (Post, 2005)