Deprecated: Function create_function() is deprecated in /home/customer/www/riochamapublications.com/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Service/ContainerImpl.php on line 460

Deprecated: Function create_function() is deprecated in /home/customer/www/riochamapublications.com/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Service/ContainerImpl.php on line 460
WHAT THE JEWISH NURSE DID - The Rio Chama Blog

 

Rio Chama Publications


Deprecated: implode(): Passing glue string after array is deprecated. Swap the parameters in /home/customer/www/riochamapublications.com/public_html/plugins/content/jw_allvideos/jw_allvideos.php on line 73
2 minutes reading time (370 words)

WHAT THE JEWISH NURSE DID

Blog51AOn October 27, 2018, Robert Bowers went on an anti-Semitic rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, which left eleven people murdered. Registered nurse Ari Mahler, who became known after that day as “the Jewish Nurse,” treated Bowers at the Allegheny General Hospital. Mahler stated his patient had no idea he was Jewish, and they did not speak at all of religion.

“I wanted him to feel compassion. I chose to show him empathy. I felt that the best way to honor his victims was for a Jew to prove him wrong,” Ari said, also stating, “I didn’t see evil in his eyes but a clear lack of depth, intelligence, and palpable moments of confusion.”

This amazing story prompts each of us to examine our morality and how we might react when being faced with hatred: can we respond with compassion? Or when we are faced with violence, can we respond with love?

This question is related to what I have written in Grow Up Your Ego:

"We are back to the beginning where the fullness of our humanness—the capacity to connect, nurture, and love—comes through the hands and the hearts of our caretakers and those who nurture and mentor us. We are back to the beginning of where religions have at their core the concept of love."

Blog51BAs we advance toward the evolutionary goal of culminated consciousness and unity—what Teilhard de Chardin (The Phenomenon of Man) called Point Omega—his words resound:

"All we may well need is to imagine our power of love developing until it embraces the total of men [and women] of the earth."

Perhaps you as a reader welcome these words or perhaps they have no meaning to you or maybe they even strike a dissonant chord. I’m curious: Do you respond emotionally to the news? Do you feel connected to what happens in another state or country? When the forces of the world affect you, personally—injustice and hatred, as well as compassion and assistance—how does it change you?

Try to imagine you were in Mahler’s shoes. Would you want to show compassion—or retaliation? In any case, it would be most helpful for you to share your thoughts about the above.

IMMIGRATION
DOLPHINITY

Related Posts

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Guest
Sunday, 29 January 2023

Captcha Image

Search Blog

Blog Tags

awareness leadership change emotions spiritual/spirituality health stress sense of self relationships holistic healing feminism aging exercise reunion coronavirus soul ego shadow self sexuality love community children peace depression dementia shame kindness anxiety shamanism yoga tai chi swimming walking Thank You employer parent-infant attachment styles brainhealth music giving mental health compassion creativity cancer racism healing diet attunement Gandhi learning employee pandemic Amma wisdom Jesus contributing fun resilience sacred sex unity Christmas soothe rest protests Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter arguing gratitude freshfood nutrition imagination inclusion pilots companions present addiction emotional support animals cardiomyopathy smile zoom lifechanges brain growth 2020 inequality millennials feminine divine feminine goodandevil positivethinking goodneighbors dolphin job spiritualpractice calm campaign elderly breath power hero parenting age sustainable omega3 acupuncture dreams homeless dogs pancreatitis Thanksgiving newnormal unknown intuition altzheimers habits earth caretaking development wholeness nonviolence rebuilding covid19 midwest integrity prison adoption fightorflight election climatecrisis friendship quiet ego growth stages friendships singingrevolution liftingweights hobbies vitaminb astrology ideal self alzheimers Dalai Lama smiling horses collaboration notgivingup lifepath balance the unconscious mediterraneandiet el paso socialresponsibility hope agingparents healthy brain alcohol neighborhood holocaustsurvivors goodthings morality accountability education families god republican civilrights gretathunberg harmonica nature elephants support choir gym vinaminc the feminine ageism Tim Ryan retreat epilepsy celebration gardening challenges holidays Vietnam Starbucks mindfulness books prejudice alcoholism nonprofit goodhumans nonlinear immigration boss nuturance resolution deepermeaning democrat New Book sermononthemount helpingothers patriotic attention matriarchs benefitsofsinging religion innerkid sleep intimacy fundraising holiday nutirents environment connection food fatherandson loneliness mindfulmeditation literature self-soothing RBG animals liverdisease happiness dancing transitions Albert Einstein work environment inmates newyear humanity brainscience Congratulations

Login