Opinion: We are a nation of compassion and immigrants

Norm Ferguson, El Prado
Posted 4/18/19

Compassion is an awareness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it. It requires action. We may do this by listening to another person's trials and tribulations and giving advice if …

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Opinion: We are a nation of compassion and immigrants

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Compassion is an awareness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it. It requires action. We may do this by listening to another person's trials and tribulations and giving advice if it is asked for. We can also help the other person do something they are unable to do by themselves. Sometimes others are reluctant to ask for help, but another person may realize the other's need and offer assistance.

In today's litigious society we are often wary of getting involved, but we can always ask, "Is there some way in which I can help you?" Fortunately we have many local nonprofit organizations which provide compassionate support for those in need such as Non-Violence Works, Community Against Violence and the Taos Men's Shelter to name a few.

We are a motley nation made up of Native Americans, foreign-born immigrants, and people born here whose ancestors came from other countries around the world. Sadly, we also have a history of racial and ethnic hatred in our country. Blacks and other minorities have suffered undue abuse and discrimination. We should all remember the words penned by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence that "all men [humans] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

President Trump has made vigorous efforts to discriminate against immigrants from countries south of our border, and he wants to build a multibillion dollar wall on the border to keep them out of our country. How readily he forgets that we are a nation of immigrants. And, where is his compassion?

Norm Ferguson is a retired teacher who lives in El Prado.

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