View Poll Results: Understanding and compassion are:

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  • Not necessary. Everybody who is poor is failing at life.

    21 42.00%
  • Essential to mental health

    12 24.00%
  • Signs of weakness

    8 16.00%
  • Dumbass question, if you ask me. Natural Selection Works. So do loopholes.

    9 18.00%
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Thread: Understanding and compassion are anathema

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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    Quote Originally Posted by celticwar17 View Post
    Compassion and understanding is essential for being an individual human being, but the government ought to be completely neutral.
    Well, I would argue that the human beings that constitute government are better able to address the needs of their citizens and their country when they employ both compassion and understanding in the evaluations of the problems we face. You say that they must be neutral, but I'm not sure that lacking compassion and understanding is the same thing as neutrality. It is possible to have compassion and to understand while remaining neutral - just ask anyone who has been in the middle of a fight between two friends. All that says to me is that your ill-prepared to have authority over other human beings.
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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    And that's what I take issue with. It's shaming enough to lose your job, to know that you maybe could have 'done more' or 'tried harder'. Good people beat themselves up all the damn time. They don't need a Greek chorus of society singing backup. They really don't.
    I wasn't talking about good people who know they screwed up. I reserve my impatience for those who think they have an AUTOMATIC "right" to pick my pocket because THEY chose to do things that any person with two brain cells could see was a bad idea; people who refuse to see their own part in their situation and blame everything but themselves.

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    Re: Understanding and compassion are anathema

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    I wasn't talking about good people who know they screwed up. I reserve my impatience for those who think they have an AUTOMATIC "right" to pick my pocket because THEY chose to do things that any person with two brain cells could see was a bad idea; people who refuse to see their own part in their situation and blame everything but themselves.
    I know you don't. I see no such distinction on a seriously high percentage of the rest of the board.

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