In the end, aren’t we all human?
I will not deny the fact the letter had my eyes shed a few hard fought tears. Despite the fact that both he and I have different world views (the supposed godhood of a 2000 year old Jew), we both agree that speaking up when others don’t is the right thing to do. The act is so moving because as beautiful as his words were, he is one of us; the ordinary folks, just sitting at a deli having breakfast.
I also think that the more we speak up, the more we begin to realize that the good really does outweigh the bad. It’s just so many of us are in a coma, too afraid to rock the boat in fear of capsizing ourselves. It’s hard to be brave, especially when there is every reason for you to ignore it.
But when it really hits you how compassionate such an action is, how can anyone still think the misplaced fear and anger of bigotry is admirable? It’s easy to make our hearts hard and ignore the plight of others. But in so doing we miss the opportunity to experience the ecstasy of compassion that comes from helping your fellow man. This kind of rush sometimes makes the whole act of giving feel a little selfish over time (NOTE: there’s an “I’m too selfless to give anyone anything” joke in there somewhere).
So don’t watch this video if you have a propensity for empathy, because it’s going to hit your face muscles hard when you try to be all “tough” to the people around you. As for the rest of you heartless bastards, can you explain what horrible life scar made you so cold?