I’m Not Fixing the Dent 732.5

Relentless rehashing of Casey Anthony’s trial and her present whereabouts, the ever-widening scandal involving media mogul Rupert Murdoch and Britain’s top cops, and shameless posturing by feuding politicians unwilling to agree on a budget, all make it so hard to pay attention to more important things, like the human dimension of unemployment, the suffering of soldiers maimed and killed in faraway wars, and the ongoing tribulations of victims of forgotten disasters in Haiti and Japan.

Consider the parable of a doctor driving through a poor part of town. He was in a hurry, so he ignored a young by trying to flag him down. But, as he slowed for a traffic light, his car was hit by a brick. The man got out of the car and screamed, “You’ll go to jail for this!”

The boy cried, “Take me to jail, but first please call someone to help my mom. She’s on the floor in our apartment and I think she’s dying. We have no phone and I couldn’t get anyone to stop – I didn’t know what else to do.”

Filled with shame, the doctor rushed to the woman’s aid and saved her life with CPR. Of course, he didn’t call the police, and he made sure the boy was taken care of as his mom was taken to the hospital.

When the doctor got home and told his wife, she said, “Well, that dent will cost you $1,000 to fix.”

“No, it won’t,” he said. “I’m not fixing the dent. I’m going to leave it as it is to remind me that not everyone in need has a brick.”

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Comments 2

  1. That parable gave me a nice wakeup call, that sometimes people do the best they can, and sometimes they just don’t know any better, or the circumsances are dire. Next time, my aging Mother communicates to me as an uneducated eldery woman, I’ll try some compassion. Thank you for the wake-up call.

  2. We are truly sickened by the theatrical circus atmosphere that has pervaded Washington DC over the past few years, and in particular on the issue of the national debt. We have followed closely the machinations of both our side as well as the Democrats. And now there is no more time to waste.
    While there is plenty of blame to go around for this unacceptable and frightening stalemate, it our our concerted opinion that it is the narrow-minded stonewalling of the most conservative elements of our Republican Party which has resulted in the current impasse. We listened closely to both President Obama and Speaker Boehner Monday night. President Obama came across as reasonable and willing to make compromises in the national interest. Speaker Boehner sounded like he had no idea of the gravity of the situation, and lots of time to keep up his posturing. This crisis in fact was not created solely by Obama, and it now demands immediate attention.
    The time has come to put the interests of the United States of America before partisan party politics. Washington is playing with fire by threatening a default on the national debt. A downgrade of our national credit rating is idiotic and unacceptable- we cannot believe this even has to be articulated. The harm this would cause to our floundering economy, our sinking housing market, the stock and bond markets, are unimaginable. Talk about Nero fiddling while Rome burns!!

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