Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
A recent University of Michigan study shows that rodents have the capacity to help other rodents in distress.
“If one is trapped in a box in a cage, the other rat will work to free the rat,” according to Stephanie Powers, a psychologist involved in the study.
But what about people: Are we more or less compassionate than rodents?
Mass shootings aside, the small daily headlines – “No Mexican Crossing, Pigs and a Guy Called Fluffy” from this week’s Kansas City Star – would suggest rodents are winning. Here is a complex story of animosity, supposedly caused by roaming pigs, in which one neighbor threatened to beat his Mexican American neighbor “into refried beans.”
Here’s My Take: Central to all religions is a focus on compassion.
“You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the heart of a stranger, because you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Ex. 23:9)
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matt. 5:44)
“Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.” (Buddhism)
Pass the cheese, please. Compassion requires action.