I like to think of myself as a compassionate man but compassion
is difficult when one considers the damage people do on purpose.
How do we find compassion for people who, riven with envy, lie without hesitation, damage reputations, and steal the hard work of other people?
How do we find compassion for people who abuse their power, who insinuate themselves into the lives of others to control them and who take without giving back?
How does one forgive years of abuse from an alcoholic parent?
How does one forgive a friend who plays mind games designed to make you doubt yourself, who projects their failings onto you and who malignantly smears you to your friends and colleagues.
Trust is essential to effective communication and to the work of forging a working social contract.
Here is a brief list of behaviors I consider unforgivable:
Slander; especially hurtful gossip; when you maliciously smear the reputations of decent people you lose the right to respect and compassion.
Users; these are people who treat the generosity and resources of other people as if they are their due.
Emotional Abuse: it is unforgivable to target the weaknesses of
others for abuse.
Any intentional act or decision that results in the death of
Any intentional behavior that meets the definition of torture.
Blatant and intentional hypocrisy.
Any abuse of power that limits the resources and opportunities of
our children, our elderly and our disabled.
Any use of the Federal Government to empower racists.
Treason and collusion with treason.
How do we find compassion for the unforgivable?
Take away my family,
Take away the right to speak
Take away my point of view,
Take away my right to choose
(c) Rob Goldstein 2015-2017