---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <mdixon.6569@...> wrote :
No one has said anything about *design* to trick anybody. A wealthy person can give all that he has to help the poor and then become poor himself. What has he accomplished? Feeding a bunch of people for a day and then making himself poor as well, At that point, he becomes a victim as well, needing help himself. This is not being smart, not how he became wealthy in the first place. Better to have a strategy that helps all and doesn't hurt anyone. The first rule of the Hippocratic oath is *do no harm*, neither to the patient nor the doctor. A dead doctor doesn't heal anyone! I'm sure Europe doesn't want to go through those bombed out buildings again. No, you used the word "intent" which implies some sort of manipulation of the viewer through the use of these photos. These are journalistic photographs of what is going on, not some staged actors playing the part of victims accompanied by saccharine background music. You can either accept it or not. You can either turn away or not. You can either put yourself mentally/imaginatively in these people's situation or not and try and understand the fear, the uncertainty, the devastation. You can realize that other humans seeking refuge from such horrendous war conditions need help or you might not. You could, certainly, conceive of the fact that human beings coming to this big country we call "America" might add diversity, richness and more humanity instead of having a decimating effect on what you perceive of as "America" or not. It is your choice, your ability or inability or willingness or unwillingness to accept this possibility which determines your status as either compassionate or narrow and small - living in fear and constriction. From: "awoelflebater@... [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2016 8:40 PM Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] The Pope - Again ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <mdixon.6569@...> wrote : This is exactly what I'm referring to when I say *the heart*. All emotion. Such pictures tug on the *heart strings*. The intent is to evoke compassion , for those affected, the desire to help. Nothing wrong with that! Just don't create more and bigger problems with the solution! Don't destroy what you have in the name of helping others out of their unfortunate circumstances. Mike, these images are what they are. They aren't "designed" to do anything - they are what is happening, they are not staged or embellished. Bombed out cities really exist in Syria, real blood is being spilled, families are being decimated. This isn't some fiction made up in Hollywood - these are images captured on camera by journalists. Your final sentence is self serving and remarkably selfish. Don't inconvenience yourself or threaten your own comfort by putting yourself out for others who are in danger of losing their lives. No siree, let's just make sure we all have our daily bread and our creature comforts and the rest of those poor sods be damned; fend for yourselves you unlucky bastards. From: "awoelflebater@... [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com Sent: Friday, March 25, 2016 8:51 PM Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] The Pope - Again ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <mdixon.6569@...> wrote : Maharishi also speaks in the Gita about the balance of heart and mind. One should not rule over the other. If we are all compassionate without thinking things through, we get ourselves in trouble. If we are all mind and intellect, we lose our full potential as humans. There needs to be a balance.Maharishi said Arjuna had a rare balance of both heart and mind. He didn't want to fight and kill his own family and loved ones but he also knew the consequences of not doing his duty. In the end, Arjuna performs his duty and fulfills his dharma. Nobody wants entire populations uprooted and moved into foreign, both culturally and physically, new locations that cause conflict for everyone involved, yet this is the result of past policies in the EU. Europeans are rethinking what they have done and realizing being open and unconditionally welcoming without thinking things through wasn't the smartest move for either migrants or their local populations. There have got to be better ways that have not been explored yet. Well, when you think of what those "better ways" might be have a look at what these fellow human beings are fleeing from/dealing with. From: "awoelflebater@... [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2016 11:07 PM Subject: Re: [FairfieldLife] The Pope - Again ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <mdixon.6569@...> wrote : Yes, we saw what the open, welcoming and loving arms of the Europeans brought them. I doubt that the Pope's washing the feet of Muslims will have any affect on Muslims(in general), maybe on his own soul but little on theirs. If you want to be served, you must first serve. Karma. Doesn't mean the person you served is going to serve you back. Indeed , he may serve you with a knife in your back. Another wise man said "Trust but verify". These migrants aren't being vetted. There is little or no verification of their true intent or what they expect to give or receive from their newly adopted countries. What is their capacity to get along? Here is what I say: stop focusing on the Muslims/Syrian immigrants and take note of your neighbors, your country, your fellow Americans. There is enough violence, ignorance, intolerance, religious zealousness and threat to keep you busy without worrying about other countries, other cultures. There is not a continent, a race or a society that is without its fanatics, its desecrations, its cruelty. My point was really about how the Pope is one Christian who practices what he preaches, who is not a hypocrite. The amount of "Christians" in the USA who fail miserably at demonstrating the same spirit as this current Pope is astounding. ISIS is one thing, the rest of it is quite another. The inability to recognize this is not only crippling but disastrous. From: "awoelflebater@... [FairfieldLife]" <FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com> To: FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2016 9:21 PM Subject: [FairfieldLife] The Pope - Again I love this guy. http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/pope-francis-washes-feet-of-muslim-migrants-says-we-are-brothers-1290416 http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/pope-francis-washes-feet-of-muslim-migrants-says-we-are-brothers-1290416 Drumpf wants to build walls and deport and the Pope washes and kisses their feet instead. Guess what is the most disarming, breaks down hatred faster?