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sympathy and action

“Sympathy is no substitute for action.” – David Livingstone

Often we hear a piece of bad news and it makes us feel bad.  Children shouldn’t suffer, innocent people shouldn’t be oppressed, no one should have to live in squalor.  With so much bad news coming at us, the challenge is to remain sympathetic without becoming hardened.

While that is challenging enough, the greater challenge is to move beyond sympathy to action.  Maybe we can’t fix all the world’s problems, but that’s missing the point.  What problem can we solve?