Monday, May 3, 2010

EVERYONE NEEDS COMPASSION / Part 179 / For Love and For Justice / Zabeth and Paul Bayne/

It’s easier to pluck them and replant them than to nurture them where they live.

It is more challenging to assist the family experiencing difficulty than to abandon the family and to take the children away.

It seems more cost effective to pay someone to care for removed children than to pay for services that will improve the skills of struggling parents.

It becomes easier with each confiscation simply to tell oneself that the parents left childless are undeserving of their children, even irredeemable.

Something was omitted from the 1996 CFCSA. Something has been forgotten in the curriculum for training social workers.

Everyone needs compassion. Everyone needs love that's never failing.

Mercy for parents is missing.

Let mercy fall on parents so that families can be sustained and a lifetime of good memories.

Invest in the parents and we will invest in the children and our communities will be richer for the quality of person.

I earnestly believe that MCFD Fraser Region can exercise compassion toward Zabeth and Paul Bayne. We generally associate compassion with emotion. I am convinced that it is more. Perhaps compassion cannot be learned but I believe it can be cerebral which means that even when emotion does not dictate a compassionate act, a willful determination can. True compassion is expressed when you have every right to dislike, detest or even hate someone. Compassion is profound awareness of the suffering of someone coupled with the wish to relieve it.

In the final analysis, “I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it.” Thomas Aquinas


  1. "We routinely disqualify testimony that would plead for extenuation. That is, we are so persuaded of the rightness of our judgment as to invalidate evidence that does not confirm us in it. Nothing that deserves to be called truth could ever be arrived at by such means."
    Marilynne Robinson.

    "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."
    Albert Einstein

    Oh my prepared for him who knows how to ask questions. T.S. Eliot.
    I seriously hope that the Honorable Justice Crabtree is that man.

    With mysteries being as they are...perhaps it will be Paul and Zabeth that must show mercy, to get Justice.

  2. Wikiapedia..
    To be "mercy", the behavior generally can not be compelled by outside forces. (A famous literary example is from The Merchant of Venice when Portia asks Shylock to show mercy. He asks, On what compulsion, must I? She responds:

    The quality of mercy is not strained.
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
    It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
    Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
    The throned monarch better than his crown.
    His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
    The attribute to awe and majesty,
    Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings.
    But mercy is above this sceptered sway;
    It is enthroned in the hearts of kings;
    It is an attribute of God himself;
    And earthly power doth then show like God's
    When mercy seasons justice.


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