Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Compassion for Conservative Gov. Sanford

Listening to South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's epic apologetic meltdown today, yet another in an absolute deluge of politicians who have pontificated to the citizenry about how to lead their lives while personally going face down in the cake, I kept coming back to this thought.

Humans are flawed, imperfect beings, struggling against ego and id, temptation and captivation, and when it's obvious that we've fallen short, we cry out for compassion and understanding, for assistance, knowing full well that it makes no sense to judge a person's life by their worst moment.

If only those who profess to have an elevated moral compass could exhibit compassion and understanding to the rest of us imperfect humans in their roles as leaders prior to failing so spectacularly in public, then perhaps humanity would replace hypocrisy as the political tour de force.


  1. A lack of compassion not only hurts the individual in need, it also hurts the individual who is harshly judging.

    Any who is judging that believe in the Christian bible (probably some other religions as well) need to be reminded that Chris said: "And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?" (King James version Matthew 7:3).
    Judge not, that ye be not judge.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Laura. That philosophy works in every direction.


  3. It is a perspective based on the big picture, not on me me me and mine mine my money. Which seems to predominate our culture.

    On behalf of all of us who are truly hurting despite doing everything we know how to do, thank you for blogging about this.


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