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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 12:05 PM

"If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need"

"- go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help - the only ones."
-John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

"Only when we understand, deep in our bones, that life and the world are profoundly, vastly unfair, do we approach compassion."
-Ian Welsh

(from http://www.ianwelsh.net/a-reminder/)

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I kinda liked those, even though there are fortunate people with empathy and unfortunate people without it; and I've noticed sometimes the idea that "life isn't fair" gets deployed as a way to puncture compassion. Still...

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SoCalDem Feb 2013 #1
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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 12:10 PM

1. I always taught my kids about generosity with this one

Two people in a church pew..

One has a raggedy cloth coat, and digs for a few coins in a ratty handbag

The other has a mink coat and waves a $20 bill as she puts it on the collection plate

The church "makes more" from the mink coat, but the raggedy cloth coated one is probably more generous, since those precious few coins mean more to them.

Giving selflessly measures true generosity. (at least in my book, it does)

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 12:11 PM

2. those both fit in a tweet

so I stole them.

K&R

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 12:32 PM

3. Many in the 1%, not all but many, could use to understand those two quotes. k&r

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