An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Compassion: To Suffer Together

Last night Joe, Timothy and I traveled to Uganda, Philippines, and Guatemala via The Compassion Experience.


Compassion: Middle English via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin compassio(n-), from compati ‘suffer with.’


Compassion literally means "to suffer together."



And in light of all the hatred dominating the headlines lately, this was a gentle reminder that we are all brothers and sisters on this journey we call life.


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Note: The traveling exhibit was very well organized. In our case, there were three journeys to experience -- Uganda, Philippines, and Guatemala. Because you make a reservation, each journey is just you and your family as you progress through the rooms of a child's life (a school room, a blanket in the forest, a kitchen, a shack, etc.) and listen to that child's story via the provided iPod and headphones. In the last room you are directed to watch the ipod's screen and see the actual child, whose story you just heard, now as an adult describe where he/she is today.



Experiencing a day in the life of Carlos.

So many kinds of poverty ...

Carlos' kitchen in Guatemala

Olive's hut in Uganda.
Every night the children of the village had to hide
in the woods from the soldiers who kidnapped children.



Listening to Carlos' story.
At age 8 he worked full time.

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