There’s a truly profound saying from the Bible that a lot of the faithful seem to ignore. Paraphrasing a bit from the actual scripture, it goes “whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me.” The reference is obvious. It’s just the Golden Rule (“do unto others…”) made specific. It speaks to compassion. It speaks to treating everyone the same. No one is lesser. No one is better. Again, it’s something we seem to forget in the “me, me me” mantra of modern life.
It’s Not Hard To Be Compassionate
Now there are some who understand the statement and live by it exclusively. They give of themselves, no matter the situation or the circumstance. They help the elderly. They help children. They help the homeless and the needy. And then there are those who take it to another level and project the philosophy on animals. Dogs. Cats. Rabbits. Wildlife. Livestock. And even those “lesser” creatures on the planet.
Still, Most People Aren’t
A woman recently discovered a lizard in her pool. Poor thing had apparently gotten in there by accident and couldn’t make it out. Without much hope of rescue, the little reptile drowned. Now, for most people, that would be the end of it. The critter would be given a send-off, swept up with the rest of nature, and returned to the place from whence he came. But not for this woman. She stepped up and did something more.
And Then There Are Those Who Treat All Creatures With Kindness