Searching for Goodness and Kindness

I don’t believe I personally know of anyone who is in favor of going to war with Syria. I have heard more from those who are against the idea, though. My generation grew up with Vietnam. Seems like, for about as long as I can remember, the U.S. has been at war somewhere. I really don’t want to believe that it is all political maneuvering. It is hard, though, not to wonder….

In spite of it often being extremely hard to see, I do still believe that there are good people out there who want to do good. It bothers me greatly when I read a comment like I did the other day that Ariel Castro hanging himself was the “best news of the day!”

Where, dear God, is our compassion? Granted, Ariel Castro’s deeds were horrendous, but, just as with those who receive death sentences for crimes they committed, I fail to see how one more death is going to make anything better.

It upsets me, too, when I read reports such as this one:  “In North Carolina, a fight is brewing over the homeless in the capital city of Raleigh. Elected leaders have asked charitable and religious groups to stop their long-standing tradition of feeding the homeless in a downtown park on weekends.”

If cities don’t want the homeless in their towns, then they should work with them to find housing solutions.

Nearly 40 percent of our students are unable to read at a third grade level! Where are we, as a nation, heading? How can we, as a nation, be proud when corruption, intolerance, and lack of quality education permeate our society?

While I do still hold out hope that good will triumph over evil, some days are more difficult than others to see a better future ahead.

“…Surely goodness and kindness will follow me….” I pray that it does.

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Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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