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Essay: "Compassion"

by Matt Peters
A Lost Word: Compassion

Compassion...hmmm, compassion is not easily found in the world anymore. It's a lost word much like a lost civilization, which has been long since corroded to a minuscule nothingness that blows away with a breeze. It was a good experiment that started about 150 years or so ago. But much like kindness and respect and common courtesy, compassion seemed to be eclipsed by rudeness and selfishness and, in general, not caring what happens to anyone but self. Society has lost it's compassion for the common person; no one cares who rots in prison on whether or not that person even committed a crime. I'd bet that if you asked 8 out of 10 people what the definition of compassion was they wouldn't even know and if they did, it would be because they've seen it on whatever computer gadget that the mass mush brain seems to be plunging on this year. When I look out for someone here, people look at me like I've lost my mind. Why would you put your butt in a sling for someone else? It's because I've got compassion for my fellow man. If 1 out of every 10 people showed a little more compassion for others, then the United States wouldn't be in such a puddle of pizzle that it's stagnating in now, reminding me of the immortal words of Alice Cooper "welcome to my nightmare." This ride sucks, and I want to get off. I don't see it changing anytime soon, and that's the really sad part of it. It really is too bad because America used to be the place to be; now it's just another cesspool. Well, it really doesn't affect me because I'm in prison, but to all of you free birds out there, enjoy!