Today as I read an article in my inbox from MORE magazine by Patti Davis, I felt duped yet inspired to write. I am very interested to read about your reaction(s) and hope to find your comments at the end of my post.
With great anticipation I read Ms. Davis article for MORE online Magazine “The Cost of Doing the Right Thing“, I hoped it would contain inspiring insights only to be left at the end wishing she had expanded upon rather than sensationalized ‘The Genovese and Murray cases.’ So much can be learned from senseless deaths including Jesus death on the cross, it not only provides us an opportunity to ‘check’ the direction of our moral compass (how would you have responded to Jesus’ or these ladies cries for help) but also to evaluate the consequences for our actions or lack there of (such as the resulting guilt and remorse she expresses for the dog she stopped advocating for).
I was also irritated by her explanation of the ‘bystander effect’. During my nursing undergrad, we were taught that a potential theory or explanation of the ‘bystander effect’ is that the more ‘witnesses’ to an event the less a ‘witness’ can believe that the attack has not already been reported and that help is not already on the way. Perhaps that is why Jesus asks us all to go and live his words by example, taking action and giving a voice to our beliefs and repeating His message for all to hear.
“I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in Me should stay in darkness” JOHN 12:46 NIV
Praying your Christmas and 2012 will be bright,
with the everlasting light and love of God.