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Empathy ~

This is probably going to be a bit of a rambling post, partly because it has been a while since I posted, and partly because Empathy is such an enigmatic thing to speak of. It seems that I am finding out that the one thing that makes us actually human may be empathy. It is the very thing that may render us redeemable to Hashem. What is it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empathy

Simply put, as the first lines of this link provide, empathy is the ability to share another beings emotions or feelings. My friend of many years has a grandson, wonderful and charming little boy, who has difficulty feeling empathy for others. He is 4, there is still hope, he has been traumatized by abuse to such an extent that it will take a while to heal him. But healing is a must. This has become more and more apparent in our research regarding this most important capacity of the human spirit. It is apparently Empathy that is the one thing that is missing in the serial criminal, those who can commit heinous crimes against other humans and feel neither remorse or repentance as a need.

It is apparently not all that difficult to injure the human spirit to the point that the capacity to empathize has been destroyed. Perhaps that is why it has not been an issue until this last generation or so. I have been so worried that we were fouling up in too many ways, and that this generation was so mixed up that we needed to cut bait and start over. But, here we are finding that empathy may be the one thing that could retrieve what little of us is worth retrieving.

This article,http://eqi.org/ray1.htm, explains that we can, indeed, teach Empathy to our children. That it is actually a neglected part of our education, a crucial facet that has been neglected because of the emphasis on intellectuality. Gads! What fools we mortals be! If this is true, then this society has created it’s very own monsters. We have, in our rush to teach objective science, and neglect emotional health, created the very people that cannot relate to their own emotions, and therefore cannot relate to others as equal, and having the right to exist unmollested. Heaven help us, we need to rethink the educational process completely!

http://wondertime.go.com/learning/article/baby-empathy.html Is a well written, rather short article that shows the importance of empathy and when it begins to develop in children.

Black Cats and other “superstitions”

I love cats! Doesn’t matter the color or size, I just love these wonderful companions. I had such a companion for many years, (18 to be exact). She was with me at all times, even though I worked and traveled, she was always popping into my mind. When I had to go somewhere for more than a day, it was my primary concern that there was someone responsible who would check on her well-being at a minimum of once a day.

Being primarily black with one very tiny spot of white fur over her heart, I would, of course, be concerned with the idea that she liked to roam outdoors, and I lived in a corner of Indiana that is so fundamentalist that there were always rumors of black cats being sacrificed to the devil. (sssshiverrrrrr) Black cats have been long considered the bringers of bad luck on one level or another. That would be a mistake of major magnitude, of course. First, if you believe in the metaphysical, they are messengers come to warn us, not the bringers of such fortune. Second, if you do not believe in such things, why worry, they are fun to have around.

There are several superstitions that may be simple misunderstandings of the meaning of the “medicine” involved. Take the number 13, for instance. This has been associated with the same reputation for bringing misfortune. Yet, when one studies the metaphysical, 13 simply stood for change to the ancients as there were 13 moons in a year. Yes, 13. Still are! We have a twelve month calendar, but there are 13 moons. Ever wonder why the calendar was such a difficult thing to figure? It isn’t, the difficulty comes from not wanting to allow the number 13 on the calendar as a major divisor. Silly humans! There is only one constant in the Universe, duh, change. If we learned to embrace change, 13 would no longer be a bad luck number. Simple.

Common Superstitions

  • Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day
  • A rabbit’s foot brings good luck, it didn’t for the rabbit!
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away, Apples are pretty healthy, the peeling is good fiber, there are lots of vitamins in fruit, what’s superstitious about that?
  • To find a four-leaf clover is to find good luck. Yeah, but you looked for hours and missed your bus, silly!!!
  • If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck, hmmm, especially if there’s a painter on the ladder, you could get wet!
  • If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck, hard not to happen a time or two a day when you are one’s keeper!
  • To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck, In metaphysical circles, the mirror is a portal to other realms, makes ya wonder who’s waiting on the other side that got peeved that you messed with their doorway, hmmm?
  • To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad luck. Sounds like common sense more than superstition, careful where you point that thing!
  • To find a horseshoe brings good luck, well, makes sense if you own horses. You don’t have to buy another shoe.
  • Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Never had children, can’t trust the little beggars to watch where they put their little feet.
  • You can break a bad luck spell by turning seven times in a clockwise circle. Really!? Hmmm, not sure if you’re gonna break the spell, or your feet turning til you’re dizzy like that!
  • Garlic protects from evil spirits and vampires, Yeah, Dad always said if you had enough garlic NoOne could stand to be around you!
  • Our fate is written in the stars. No, no, silly! Our beginnings are written in our stars, where we are going is still a matter of free will, don’t go passing the buck!
  • Clothes worn inside out will bring good luck. But first, be prepared for a lot of puzzled stares!
  • Wearing your birthstone will bring you good luck. Well, in metaphysics, the stones have their own purposes for existing, best be careful though, in presuming it’s good luck they’ll bring you, it might be lessons you need to learn.
  • Eating fish makes you smart, yeah, it’s those Omega-3’s, you know.
  • Toads cause warts
  • A cricket in the house brings good luck, but eaten clothing.
  • After receiving a container of food, the container should never be returned empty, hmmm, is this a superstition or just good manners?
  • A bird that comes in your window brings bad luck, that seems a little late, the bad luck was having a hole in your screen big enough for a bird to get through.
  • An acorn at the window can keep lightning out of the house. Never heard this one before, wonder if it came from the Celts. The oak had a lot to do with their thunder “god”.
  • A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown, Hmmm, how many times has this one been disproved?
  • Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck, opals are my birthstone, so you can send all your spares to me, thank you.

I suggest you look at the “superstition” before believing in it, if there’s a bit of sense in it, I wouldn’t ignore it, if not, well, I don’t think I’ll lose much sleep over it.

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