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  • Writer's pictureLama Jigme Gyatso

Compassion or Convenience - 4sep21

Our brainstem (or reptilian brain)

is not very cuddly,

it can be self-centered, short sighted,

and downright ruthless.

Lacking any sense of cooperation

it seems little wonder

that there have been no reptile packs or herds,

no less civilizations.

Our mammalian brain contains

an anterior cingulate gyrus.

It serves as the nexus of our mirror neurons

and is literally wired

to feel others pain and pleasure

as if it was ours.

It therefore can seem quite unsurprising

that both compassion and cooperation

are our mammalian calling cards.

The ONLY way we can weather a lethal pandemic

is for the strong to look out for the weak

through hygiene, social distancing, masking, and vaccinating.

If we won’t inconvenience ourselves

enough to cooperate with the needs

of the young, the aged, and the immuno-compromised

then we make of ourselves a liability

to the survival of the species.

May we each think better

of our antisocial choices

while we still have a society.

Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action

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