Saturday, 16 November 2008, Brian put up a thread titled “Empathy.” That same day a local TV station had a food/clothing/toys drive. They collected a record amount. 211 tons of food from 5 metro Denver sites and 10 other sites in the state. This, despite the slow economy. That’s empathy.
Some kids from Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-professional health care honor society dropped off a paper grocery bag asking for food and clothing for the needy, to be picked up by the pledges on Sunday. I ran up to the local grocery store and loaded up on canned tuna and boxed macaroni & cheese to put into the bag. At the checkout, the clerk said: “You must really like mac & cheese!” I just smiled and said: “I sure do.”
As I write this on Sunday, I notice many of my neighbors have filled their grocery bags and set them out for the AED pledges.
The Apostle Paul told the Corinthians that the three greatest virtues were faith, hope and charity, the greatest of these being charity (1 Corinthians 13:13). I disagree that these are virtuous. To me virtue involves sacrifice. Faith, hope and charity make people feel good. Few things make one feel as good as charity, particularly in trying times like these when it is so needed.