April 5, 2017 by phicks2012
I watch TV, and hear newscasts, and I live in this world. I know that there are people out there who simply care nothing for others, and I’ve actually known a very few people of that sort — people who just have zero conscience or compassion.
I will never understand how people like that can successfully exist — totally lacking in any benevolence or real humanity — and it bothers me more than I can say to see them prosper, victimizing other people without a single pang of guilt or remorse.
The Golden Rule says “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you”, and that’s a good rule — for people who care. Sometimes though, I wish it had a codicile reading “Do unto others as you are willing to have others do immediately unto you”, and a guarantee that it will happen.
Some religions have the rule of three, and believe that what you do returns to you threefold. Others believe in Karma, and that what you do, for good or ill, comes back to you — if in another life. Some believe in Heaven and Hell — reward and punishment in the afterlife, but those who don’t believe in an afterlife or in reincarnation probably don’t let the prospect of deferred punishment deter them much, and I’ll admit that I would like to believe payback will come with just a bit more immediacy.
In any case, the verse below was written with such people in mind.
There are hearts beating souless, unfeeling of pain,
And hands that bring torment, uncaring, unkind.
There are eyes that see naught of compassion’s domain,
But look upon life, to benevolence blind.
There are lips that speak cruelties, wearing a smile,
And tongues that cut surer and deeper than knives.
There are ears that hear music in cunning and guile,
And symphonies rising from desolate lives.
There are those who scent weakness and swiftly descend,
Like a dark-wingéd falcon intent on its prey,
Never thinking to succor, protect or defend;
What they cannot devour, carelessly throw away.
Those who smile and take pleasure in suffering’s rise
Finding joy in despair and the dealing of pain;
Those who rise from the slaughter with zest in their eyes,
And hearts beating soulless should not rise again.
[10 March, 2017]