Sonntag, 29. Mai 2011
some thoughts from Mr. Martin Luther King jr.
True altruism is more than the capacity to pity; it is the capacity to symphathize. Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern that prompts the mailing of a check, but true symphathy is the personal concern that demands the giving of one´s soul. Pity may arise from interest in an abstraction called humanity, but symphathy grows out of a concern for a particular needy human being who lies at life´s roadside. Sympathy is fellow feeling for the person in need- his pain, agony and burdens. Our missionary efforts fail when they are based on pity, rather than true compassion. Instead of seeking to do something with the African and Asian peoples, we have to often sought only to do something for them.