Sunday, November 22, 2015

I am told this is a true story - Compassion in Action

"A man and his young teenage son checked in to a hotel and were shown to their room. The two receptionists noted the quiet manner of the guests, and the pale appearance of the boy. Later the man and boy ate dinner in the hotel restaurant. The staff again noticed that the two guests were very quiet, and that the boy seemed disinterested in his food. After eating, the boy went to his room and the man went to reception and asked to see the manager. The receptionist initially asked if there was a problem with the service or the room, and offered to fix things, but the man said that there was no problem of that sort, and repeated his request. The manager was called and duly appeared.

The man explained that he was spending the night in the hotel with his fourteen-year-old son, who was seriously ill. The boy was very soon to undergo chemotherapy, which would cause him to lose his hair. They had come to the hotel to have a break together, and also because the boy planned to shave his head, that night, rather than feel that the illness was beating him. The father said that he would be shaving his own head too, in support of his son. He asked that staff be respectful when the two of them came to breakfast with their shaved heads. The manager assured the father that he would inform all staff and that they would behave appropriately.

The following morning the father and son entered the restaurant for breakfast. There they saw the four male restaurant staff attending to their duties, perfectly normally, all with shaved heads."

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Non-Denominational Creed


May we not cling to the name of any religion 
while we practice hypocrisy. 

May we be protected from ignorance, prejudice and hate, 
our own as well as that of others. 

May we strive to replace intellectual beliefs 
with physically visible virtues. 

May we be willing to sacrifice our doctrines 
for the sake of compassionate action. 

May we not judge others before we have clear evidence 
that we are not guilty.  

May we be willing to sacrifice our self interests 
for the protection of the innocent. 

May we be willing to risk our security 
for the sake of preserving our common humanity. 

May we have the courage to abandon divisive religious 
and political ideals for the sake of the unity of humanity.
- Altar Ego, 2015