I am going to reblog this, not because I am in agreement with every tenet Bonnie puts forth, but because I believe she raises some very interesting questions that we need to ponder. Please take a few moments to read the comments as well, they contain several interesting thoughts…be encouraged!
Someone I know asked a really tough question the other day. They were angry about someone who had hurt a child being allowed access to tv, computers and learning while in jail. The comment was something along the lines of ‘how do they deserve that?’.
The story was disturbing, but the question she asked remained in my head for a long time. She mentioned that she tries to have compassion for others in her daily life but can’t see how or why she ought to have any for someone who willfully hurts children. She really just wanted them to feel the pain that they had inflicted.
That’s a tough one. I had to take some time to think about that because I too struggled with the idea about whether ‘bad’ people deserve our compassion.
This is what I have come to realize.
There is a difference between an expectation of…
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