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Compassion fatigue


November 9, 2018

Bill Crowder in Our Daily Bread says, “Compassion fatigue can be one of the results of living in a badly broken world.” Following the news for an emotional uplift proves to be a daunting challenge with theft, murder and embezzlement in the forefront daily. Adding to these are the incessant accounts of natural disasters, international intrigue, accidents and terrorism.

It is a breath of fresh air when something positive makes the headlines and small-town newspapers excel by their publication of school and other local activities, morale boosters even if the team doesn’t win. I have been honored to see printed op-eds of my own as computer and cell phone technology has placed journalism in the hands of the people. Photo journalism has been given a boost as cameras are a part of every smart phone and submission is only a click away.

An unfortunate by-product of social media is the aspect of negative experiences that make the mainstream when they should remain the dirty little secrets that they are. Airing such discord adds to the compassion fatigue in a world of people weary with issues of their own.

As the world we know changes with global warming and feared nuclear proliferation, it is still important to plan for the future and let our compassion start locally. The needs are great and churches are strapped as their benevolent funds are depleted with approaching winter the time of greatest need.

Let charity begin at home to make the world a better place.


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