And, We Must Do This work!
We’re a country in crisis. We must act. But, how? What kind of action is required of ordinary, everyday Compassionate Americans in the early 21st century?
We believe the simplest and most impactful solution is to live our lives as Compassion Activists, honoring these types of understandings to the best of our abilities:
- Life can be fair and unfair, and, yet, one still needs to make the best of it, which may include striving against injustice and that which is unfair, whenever we encounter it in our daily lives.
- The world is a better place when we help contribute to the well-being of others, especially those who are less fortunate.
- It is important to take personal accountability and responsibility for our actions.
- We should endeavor to be honest and humble with ourselves and others, treating them with kindness and respect.
- We are at our best when we live our lives intentionally, reflectively, and unselfishly.
- We should work to abandon and reject negative and fearful mindsets that discourage us in living hopefully.
- It is important to make good decisions based on vetted, reliable information, while keeping human well-being as the top priority.
- We should be mindful of our actions and words, so we don’t unintentionally insult or hurt others. However, we also should be firm advocates for being treated respectfully ourselves, while also forgiving others when they unintentionally offend or harm us.
- For the most part, we’re smart and capable enough not allow ourselves to be taken advantage of for our kindness, generosity, and love. However, we also collectively will not sanction or stand by quietly when those who are vulnerable or in need of care are exploited or treated unjustly. Why? … because we believe that ideally everyone should be safe, sound, and secure in their personhood.
- We’re all in this “thing called life” together, so it’s just best to put ourselves in another’s shoes before we act and simply strive to be good to one another.
- Things like love, empathy, sympathy, dignity, hope, fairness speak to the heart and remind us of what’s important about life in America.
- Sometimes we should sacrifice personal convenience and safety for a greater good, without having to be a “super person” or being ignorant of the world’s dangers and pitfalls.
- There are good people in all corners of America, who are living their lives to the best of their abilities and truly do not intend harm. Thus, we should assume that most people, though imperfect, have positive intentions. And, we want others to recognize our fundamental character and motivations as being the same.
- As much as possible, we should leave the world a better place than how we found it and be willing to be educated on how best to do that for our times.
- Even when there are those who will say a person “doesn’t deserve it,” we still should strive to respond firmly, justly, and compassionately to those who commit injustices or are unable to correct their behaviors, for we’d want the same extended to us if we were to similarly falter.
- Life is better when we show patience and respect by genuinely listening to others, even if they hold vastly different or upsetting ideas, since we’d expect the same in return.
- We are better people and strongest in our characters when we strive to respect and work well with others, no matter how challenging, for we’d like the same offered to us.
- Plain and simple: there is value in getting to know “one’s neighbors” and contributing to our communities.
- There is more to news than the vitriolic, money-making, fear-mongering, 24-hour news cycle. And, thus we believe in communicating directly and honestly with others to connect with our fellow Americans as human beings, not as statistics or stereotypes and certainly not as contrived enemies.
- We all should care about maintaining a healthy planet and environment because it is where we live.
- Children, persons with chronic illnesses or disabilities, and elderly adults should have their basic needs respected and ideally met. When individuals are treated like pawns in the social-economic-political games of others, we all lose; we damage our future and perpetuate cycles that no reasonable person would want to see continue.
- There is a reason to demand that the rule of law and fundamental principles of our democratic republic should apply equally to all.
- There is a point where “I” ends and “we” begins – you know, as in “We the People of the United States of America!
To Compassionate Americans, like us, it seems quite strange that a person wouldn’t care about the nature and tone of what is going on in the United States, these days. If given the chance, perhaps we’d say to them:
- “You’re human, right? You live on this planet. You must have at least some love for other people on earth, near or far.
- Just from being alive, you must know that everything said and done affects others.
- As history shows, when certain mindsets and behaviors are taken too far, people suffer and often in large numbers.
- These are people just like your loved ones and you, whose hopes and dreams you’d like to see fulfilled.”
Thus, We the Compassionate People of America declare the need for a narrative that is both timeless and “new” and that organizes all Compassionate Americans under a new banner to be embraced by partisans and non-partisans alike. As human beings we won’t be perfect in our application of these ideals, but we are committed to them, nonetheless.
Ours is an ideology centered on doing right by our fellow human beings, regardless of our former or current political leanings, and it must be vocally expressed and actively lived NOW. After all, what else do we have, if we don’t have humanity? And, from this type of reasoning, shouldn’t “liberty and justice for all, follow?”
Indeed, let the dawn of a peaceful revolution in America begin!
Let it be one that manifests this ideological narrative in our country! We can learn from our history, and by this point, we should know how to treat others with compassion. We must stand and act together NOW to demand just, reasonable, and compassionate solutions to the host of challenges facing the United States of America in the 21st century and beyond. Regardless of who you are, what you believe, who you love, where you live, how much money you have, how you do or do not worship, your successes, and failures, in other words regardless of how human you are, we must act now by being vehicles for change in our daily lives.
If We the People do not, then what hope is there for the future? What hope is there that this government of, by, and for the people shall not perish from the earth.
By sharing this declaration, we and you put forth into action the convictions and changes required to hold ourselves and others accountable for higher standards of behavior toward our fellow Americans, whether we like them or not (especially in matters of politics and governance).
If you agree with most of the sentiments contained here, please declare your patriotic commitment to role-modeling and outreaching to others about Compassionate America! Let’s preserve and extend the work of generations of ordinary, Americans who worked to live decent lives, while promoting and protecting the values that have made America a model of liberty to the world.