Let com­pas­sion bloom in Guyana

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Dear Edi­tor, Hu­man na­ture is in­vari­ably flawed with envy, greed, jeal­ousy, and some­times cruel in­stinct; yet even in the worst of us, there is the at­tribute of com­pas­sion. The at­tribute of com­pas­sion may vary; how­ever, its un­der­ly­ing na­ture re­mains the same; to do good. In what­ever form or mat­ter, com­pas­sion is within each of us. Com­pas­sion is of­ten aligned with the in­de­fin­able soul. The vil­lains of com­pas­sion are hate, which is a per­ma­nent im­bal­ance of the brain or a dis­ease, and anger con­sid­ered by many to be a form of tem­po­rary in­san­ity. In­ter­na­tional and/or Lo­cal Cor­po­ra­tions through their ex­ec­u­tives, and in­di­vid­u­als need to show com­pas­sion, espe­cially when in high of­fice. The re­al­ity is that those los­ing high of­fice, of­ten seek com­pas­sion from the new over­lords, who are now en­trusted and con­tracted with ex­ec­u­tive and ad­min­is­trate power.

Rea­son does not al­ways gov­ern com­pas­sion; the com­pas­sion­ate act may arise out of hu­man na­ture like a cat pro­tect­ing a mouse, most un­usual and un­ex­pected, yet time af­ter time, gen­er­a­tion af­ter gen­er­a­tion, within all epochs, com­pas­sion has ren­dered its virtues and lim­it­less na­ture in small and large ways. Its strands of benef­i­cence have never not been present over the mil­len­ni­ums. For­giv­ing is a sub­set of com­pas­sion and we all at some point in our lives seek com­pas­sion­ate acts from fam­ily, a stranger, a foe or a friend.

It is this com­pas­sion­ate will, within the hu­man na­ture that dis­tin­guishes us from the lower an­i­mals. The abil­ity to rea­son and be rea­son­able, is the essence of the hu­man be­ing that dis­tin­guishes us from all other life forms on this earth and speaks to the higher spir­its that re­sides within us all. What you may ask is the pur­pose of this let­ter? The let­ter seeks to let com­pas­sion bloom in Guyana, and un­doubt­edly both the giver and re­ceiver of com­pas­sion, will res­onate pos­i­tive con­nec­tions across race, reli­gion, cul­ture and class; and the ties of com­pas­sion will strengthen our na­tion.

The law is lesser than cus­tom and con­ven­tion; and the law, cus­tom and con­ven­tion are all sec­ondary to com­pas­sion.

Con­fu­cius the pre­em­i­nent philoso­pher and thought by many to have the great­est mind over the last 2,500 years, noted that: “Wisdom, com­pas­sion, and courage are the three uni­ver­sally rec­og­nized moral qual­i­ties of men”. The Greco-Ro­man philoso­phers Plato and Cicero – ref­er­enced: wisdom, courage, tem­per­ance and jus­tice, as the car­di­nal virtues; with jus­tice con­sid­ered the most im­por­tant virtue. I will be in good com­pany with Con­fu­cius to say that jus­tice or fair­ness are key el­e­ments of com­pas­sion.

Yours faith­fully, Nigel Hinds

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