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.

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