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No One Should Enjoy Watching Others Suffer

As we go through the Holiday Season and into the New Year, I feel I should make a personal plea and just throw it out there, that Peace and Goodwill Toward (Wo)Men should be practiced everyday and throughout the year.

I see too many people out there practicing the art of getting ahead to the detriment of others. Is it worth it? In my own beliefs I think not. I believe in karma and that things have a way to come back around.

I was driving just recently and I see those 4-way stop signs as an opportunity to practice either compassion or selfishness. As little as this act seems—to follow the rules at 4-way stop signs—some people don’t do this.

1. The obvious person who didn’t bother to stop just so that he could go ahead of me, when I was the one who stopped first.

2. The one person who stops several feet behind the line, just so he/she could go ahead of me.

These are simple practices of compassion and integrity, but some people fail, and I often wonder that if they are so easy to do these little things that are wrong, what other worse thing could they possibly do?

And I see people so focused on receiving at Christmas, they neglect the spirit of giving. But more important is the reason why we celebrate Christmas to begin with, which is to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ.

On the other side, I’ve seen people giving too much of themselves that they forget all about themselves… and although I think this is a supremely noble act of kindness, one has to take care of one’s self. There is that opposite extreme of giving, and I wonder if it’s important too, to practice balance and harmony in Life as well.

I see people blatantly cutting off people on the freeways.

I see people commenting so hatefully on Facebook, that if they ARE Christian they seriously need to do some soul searching, because the whole point of being Christian and following the teachings of Jesus Christ, then they should practice more compassion and selflessness. Especially if they are professing the belief in Christianity.

I see people viciously fighting for a parking space at the mall, trying to do some Christmas shopping. How ironic?

I still see relatives hating one another during the holidays.

We need to practice what we preach.

We need to help others in need.

We need to show more compassion.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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