There is something about being a witness – once you see something that is wrong you can’t un-see it and it imparts a responsibility that is powerful and deeply human.
You have probably not heard of Mary E Haight, who said this just this afternoon. But she is a friend of mine from Empire Avenue and Facebook. When she said this in passing, I had to share it with you.
Her particular interest is animal welfare, but of course what she says applies equally well to concern that human beings do naturally have for one another, however hard we might try to pass by on the other side.
Do visit her blog, Dancing Dog Blog, where in her latest post Saving Pets – Do Borders Matter? Compassion in Action, she writes:
…Saving pets doesn’t stop because there’s a line on a map. That’s not the way everyone sees it, but part of what is so engaging about helping animals and non-profits working to protect animals is witnessing that passion knows no borders. I was lucky enough to experience this during my trip to Peru with Amazon Community Animal Rescue Education & Safety (CARES) and their Jungle Veterinary Expedition along the Amazon River, an organization worthy of your support and my pick for Be The Change for Animals today.