a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better
self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies
an instance of usually unaware or uniformed self-satisfaction~Merriam-Webster.com
Indifference, apathy and complacency… obstacles…enemies of compassion??
WHO of us (who value life) would “willingly” fly w/a complacent pilot?!
Check out what I read:
Pilots who fly one of the most successful aircraft ever built have a preflight inspection checklist consisting of more than 30 items. If they do not carefully follow the checklist each time before takeoff, the pilots increase the possibility of a tragic accident. Do you know what type of pilot is especially urged to complete the checklist every time? It is the very experienced pilot! The seasoned pilot could easily become complacent and fail to carry out the preflight inspection in every detail. Like a safety-minded pilot, you can use a type of checklist to make sure that your faith will not falter when you need it most. Failure to check on this regularly and diligently can lead to spiritual ruin.
Complacency can ruin compassion, complacency can ruin lives!
Him that thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall.—1 Cor. 10:12.
I remember as a very young/little girl riding/driving along with my parents down Broadway Somerville, MA… and seeing some random old gentleman hunched over walking ever so slowly w/cane in hand (I think ? near the old Somerville Theatre)… and my immediate response was tears 🙁 and feeling so badly for him! I remember thinking…can’t we stop to help him; I know my parents didn’t see him as we quickly drove by.
Caring is a burden! When it comes to compassion, it’s a heavy weight to bear.
Fast forward… young married adult walking downtown Manhattan somewhere w/hubby & Brooklyn Friends, Ty & Kett:)…happened upon a huge crowd/swarm of finely dressed folks coming from some event may be ? theatre…and by contrast…there laying on the filthy sidewalk alone was a woman hysterically crying and wrapped in a black-plastic-garbage-bag for clothing!:(
The contrast of states & status… so DISTURBED/UPSET me!!!… It was sorta a brief glance/look as we were making our way quickly through the mob without getting separated or lost… Hubby & friends were leading the way and with all the people, it was impossible for me to stop or to find the woman… and my friends/hubby didn’t see her…I told them about her.
I hate being in situations like that… when you’re aware of another’s pain & suffering and you’re helpless due to circumstance or whatever to intervene or help…i’d like to think someone stopped to help her…
I stopped to think/talk about her and pray for her and I wrote a poem about her a long time ago. Hopefully, by now, IF she’s still living, she’s out of the gutter.
Though Hubby & Others are quick to remind me of scammers out there… that like to take advantage of sensitive hearts like mine… who feel for others & their plight.
Through the years and through the neighborhoods…I’ve lived in and the community work been involved in…met all kinds from all walks of life…& I’m heart happy that I haven’t brushed anybody aside/have treated all with dignity & agape… no matter how difficult or demanding or undesirable they may have been or dirty/stinky-lol… my conscience lets me sleep at night.
Life must be easier…IF you’re not super sensitive…and don’t give a hoot about anything or anyone, but yourself.
It’s tough. It’s not easy loving & worrying about peoples & things that some don’t even notice!!
Then again, it’s one thing to feel compassion and another thing to act upon it…(that’s why i try my best & let God do the rest:)
Mercy is a blend of many good qualities. It involves graciousness, love, kindness, and goodness. Tender feelings of compassion or sympathy are at the root of acts of mercy. While godly mercy does not compromise justice, Jehovah/Yahweh is slow to anger and patiently gives wrongdoers sufficient time to attain to repentance (aka change for the better/healthier/more compassionate course.) (2 Peter 3:9, 10) Mercy is thus related to patience and long-suffering. As a combination of many desirable traits—including various aspects of the fruitage of God’s spirit—mercy becomes a framework within which these qualities may be cultivated. (Galatians 5:22, 23) How vital that we strive to be merciful!
The psalmist sang: “Jehovah is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and great in loving-kindness. Jehovah is good to all, and his mercies are over all his works.” (Psalm 145:8, 9) Jehovah is “the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3) Mercy is shown by treating someone in a compassionate way. This is a major facet of God’s personality. His example and his instructions to us can teach us what true mercy is. ~ Your Father is Merciful
Think what peace many us could find IF we treated each other with mercy and not complacency!:)