Sleep baby sleep

If I wasn’t praying for Somalia,Iraq,Syria,Burma, the Ugyurs, Muslims in Central Africa, do I have a right to object to others lamenting their allies? Isn’t that… Hasad? Envy?

If I’m angry with the oppressive powers that started this global fire, why am I denying those who were killed or maimed or lost loved ones – many of whom are Muslims – why am I denying them my empathy?

Is it because I buried my empathy when Somalia,Iraq,Syria,Burma,- were burning, and now the smoldering embers are being dug up by people showing the solidarity and empathy I should have showed, but cowered away from? The world is on fire and I want to bury it so that I can go back to sleep.

“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” 

― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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