Care, Compassion, Common Sense

Because the Crankee Yankee is a news hawk, I hear a lot more news than I care to each day. Yes, I want to know what’s going on in our country and the world, and yes, I have my own beliefs and opinions about politics and religion; I just know when I’ve heard enough.

It struck me this morning while drinking that first blessed cup of coffee and watching the news with the Crankee Yankee and a cat on my lap (the cat was on my lap, not the Crankee Yankee) that most things in life come down to a person’s view of care, compassion and common sense.

From good old Webster’s, here are the definitions of care, compassion and common sense:

Care: : “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.”

Compassion: “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.”

Common Sense: “sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts.”

Here’s how I personally view care, compassion and common sense:

Care: care means that you are invested mind, body and soul for those you love and care for. It means that you have feelings for people other than yourself and your immediate family. It means that you put the effort into all you do, because you believe that what you do matters.

Compassion: compassion means that you feel deeply in your heart and mind for certain people, animals, associations and so on. You care about the welfare of others, be they people or pets or countries or the world around us. Your compassion leads you to do compassionate things for others without thinking of yourself or expecting a ‘thank you’ or a payback. You give and you care because that is part of your nature; you long for things to be better for everyone.

Common sense: common sense these days is sadly not all that common. Common sense used to mean that you would never go into something you knew nothing about. Common sense used to mean that, prior to anything new in your life you would find out all you could about it before committing to it. Common sense used to mean that, when you felt that warning tickle in your gut that something or someone that didn’t feel right, you got out of that situation ASAP.

It worries me these days that so many do not seem to feel or exhibit care or compassion or common sense. Imagine a country or a world devoid of these things! Please, let us not let that happen.

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