A Call to Compassion

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This blog is is a labor of love. It’s a collection of mine and Jessica’s personal thoughts, feelings, and oftentimes uncensored opinions. I am happy to keep it free of politics in such a tumultuous political climate, not because I fear alienating anyone but because I know we all need a respite from the weight of reality every now and then. If I can make you laugh through my own misadventures or smile with a silly anecdote, then I feel this blog has served its purpose.

And yet in light of recent events, I feel it is imperative that I use my teeny tiny soapbox to call attention to two very important quotations from two very wise people. I hope they resonate with you if you’ve forgotten that humanity is at everyone’s core, or provide you with some comfort if you’re heartbroken in this uneasy time.

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

– An excerpt from The New Colossus, a poem by Emma Lazarus. Also the inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty.

“… [N]o human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?”

– The thoughts of Elie Wiesel regarding immigration. Elie Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate.

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