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With . . . malignant narcissists, sociopaths, autocrats, political criminals, racketeers, and assorted other of our own human trash — not that I don’t want to help them, but given what criminal and political mafia do, that’s what they are — empathy is lacking. That’s $51 billion for the winter Olympics at Sochi — and not a dime for general Syrian relief.

Anywhere you travel across the Islamic Small Wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, you will find this principle operating among the malicious, sadistic, and tyrannical running amok where they cannot be police or, similarly, can elude the officers of responsible governance.

The same may be discerned off of Putin’s hub in what he calls Russia’s “Near Abroad” — and among those he or his Administration courts, including back in November the PFLP.

Red. Brown. Green. Alliance.

Take aim at the criminality, cynicism, and inhumanity fostered beneath the revanch communist, nationalist, Islamist banners.

The stimulus was the presentation of an ancient note about empathy:

بنی آدم اعضای یک پیکرند
که در آفرينش ز یک گوهرند
چو عضوى به درد آورد روزگار
دگر عضوها را نماند قرار

تو کز محنت دیگران بی غمی
نشاید که نامت نهند آدمی

Human beings are members of a whole,
In creation of one essence and soul.
If one member is afflicted with pain,
Other members uneasy will remain.

If you have no sympathy for human pain,
The name of human you cannot retain.


A Jew might note that with the introduction of Adam and Eve in the Torah, or as the curtain opens on humanity, imparted to Eve through the “fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” appear to be human consciousness, self-consciousness, and conscience.


Empathy is the best agent for bonding.

Where it is missing is hell.

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