The Mercy of Others

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The Mercy of Others

These photographic images reveal through the lives and faces of individuals an 'interior presence' whose poignant energy and pathos communicate to the viewer the conflicting dynamics of love and alienation. Initially, each image comes alive as a living metaphor symbolizing the alienatation of the individual from the moral and spiritual bonds of communoity. But, more profoundly, each image penetrates beyond the 'metaphor of alienation' and discovers in the dynamic core of the person a certain restless and irresistible 'crying out for love and community.'

The metaphorical quality of this 'crying out for love and community' gives these images a unique capacity to establish a profound and lasting dialogue with the viewer. To be sure, each image presents a brutal and unsettling presence of moral and spiritual alienation. Many who see them will hesitate, grow uncomfortable, and perhaps recoil. Some may even take flight.

But, for those who go deeper, there is much more. For, by going beyond alienation, the veil over community is lifted as the viewer and the image are melded together in simple humanity. Each viewer becomes reminded of their 'higher self' and the potential they have for love and compassion, understanding and mercy. They feel a glowing sensation. Yet, they also awaken a sensitivity to their own vulnerability. Life is contemplated as though it were apart from the love and compassion of others. They imagine its horrors. They recognize their own 'crying out for love and community,' and realize in their need to 'belong' a dependency on others. They know that only love and compassion can ease the pain of aloneness, and recognize the moral indifference and emptiness of the contrary. A simple truth has been discovered: community can be forged out of the crucible of alienation only through the mercy of others.

Herein lies the crux of America's current social predicament. Only as a similar dialogue is replicated in the lives of individuals throughout America will the wounds of personal alienation be healed, and the ills of our society be ameliorated. If we but seize the moment, and set in motion a creative dynamic that will energize each of us to care for and to help one another through individual acts of love, compassion, understanding, and mercy the moral and spiritual bonds of community will be strengthened, the dynamics of our most fundamental institutions -- the family, the schools, and the churches -- will be renewed, and the quality of life for all Americans will be enhanced.

Gerald L. Campbell

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About the Author

Gerald L. Campbell served as senior staff to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives for nine years. He became Senior Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) under President Ronald Reagan and President George Bush.

Campbell went on to serve the administration of President George Bush and later, he served Texas Governor Bush as Senior Advisor to the Commissioner of Health at the Texas Department of Health in Austin.


kmb@1309 13.04.2010. 00:49

Christians: What's the difference between showing mercy and enabling? I have heard more people talk about showing mercy lately. For example, an older relative came into a large settlement and quickly blew it on extravagance. Then, he needed money from others to meet his basic needs: food, shelter, transportation. Some say giving money to his cause would be showing mercy. Others feel that giving money to this older person who continues to exercise poor judgment would be enabling. Contrary to popular belief, enabling is not the same as showing mercy.


Admin 13.04.2010. 00:49

When you give someone who really needs money some assistance you are being merciful. When you give someone money when they are obviously not handicapped and can work for what they want, you are enabling them because by helping them beg you are making them weak.


Irish Girl 25.05.2011. 10:51

How will a person who has never heard the name of jesus gain salvation? During his sermon on the mount jesus says that those who have mercy on others will be called the children of God

Why do think that those words he spoke alone is insufficient for human liberation when i say that them words of Christ are everything wot we need?

Wot do you say?

Irish Girl

Admin 25.05.2011. 10:51

Deuteronomy 4:29 "But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul." God will make sure that everyone of His Will hear His word.


CAMILLE 22.03.2010. 15:55

How do people show mercy to others? Have you ever shown mercy to someone who really needed it?


Admin 22.03.2010. 15:55

Yes, but you should especially show mercy towards those who don't really "need" it.

Anyone can show mercy to someone they already love, but to show mercy to someone who has wronged you shows great obedience in the works of mercy.


MaRyLiZ 13.11.2007. 01:00

How did a stone age family live? Like, what did the men do, what did the children do, what did the teenagers do, etc.... (those where just examples, I already know their "family roles") So, any facts about the stone age, and what the families did. Plus, anything like, if they showed mercy twards others.


Admin 13.11.2007. 01:00

I don't think there is anyone who knows for sure. But you could read The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel to get her take on it.


Irish Girl 07.08.2011. 13:26

Will you agree that Jesus called people to enter a new state of consciousness? When he said that those who have mercy on others will be called the children of God
Those who have shown compassion to the least of his brothers and sisters have done it for jesus and how difficult the road that leads to life and how many will reject this path?

Dont you think that with these words that jesus is calling people to reject tribalism and enter in to new way of consciousness that will open new doors towards transforming this world in to better place

Wot do you think?

Irish Girl

Admin 07.08.2011. 13:26

All reliable evidence points to Jesus being just a myth. There is no reliable evidence that Jesus even existed, and significant evidence that he didn't. The story of Jesus can be shown to be just a myth cobbled together out of prophesy and stories from the Old Testament and previous gods and myths -- created in the 40's and 50's by Paul of Tarsus (who exhibited evidence of epilepsy and had delusions of Christ talking to him), the other apostles, the unknown authors of the gospels in the 70's or later, and many other people. The reliable evidence for this is overwhelming.


3streyah 13.10.2008. 21:33

What is that scripture in Proverbs about mercy? i'm looking for the specific scripture
i'm almost positive its in Proverbs
that says to have mercy on others
or you won't be given mercy

i just dont remember what verse exactly



Admin 13.10.2008. 21:33

Is it this one from Luke 6...

37"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."


Mcbat ??? W???? ????? 04.12.2008. 04:28

What has been Chris Jericho's best match in his current WWE run? BQ- What was your favorite non WWE Chris Jericho match ?

MAG's Picks

Current- Chris Jericho vs HBK ladder match No Mercy

Other- Any match with Lance Storm

Your thoughts ?

Mcbat ??? W???? ?????

Admin 04.12.2008. 04:28

Chris Jericho vs J.B.L. at the Royal Rumble 2008.

They both made it look they were determined to kill each other in this match. They both made it intensely personal, and both sold it quite well.

Past: Chris Jericho vs Shelton Benjamin at Taboo Tuesday for the IC Championship (2004?)

The match was voted for by the fans, and it ended with a handshake.


~Lil Kitty~ 12.11.2009. 23:25

I need help on answering 2 questions about the Count Of Monte Cristo for english any help would be appreciated? 1.) Dantes is not the only person who pretends to be someone else. Give examples of other characters who alter their identity and explain the reasons for their deception

2.) Four of the main characters lose their will to live and place themselves at the mercy of others. Identify these characters, and give the reasons for their despair and their eventual salvation,

~Lil Kitty~

Admin 12.11.2009. 23:25

It's a been a little bit since I've read it so you'll have to go and look this up to expand...

For number one, I would argue that Mercedes alters her identity after she gives up on Edmond Dantes. She marries someone who I don't think she's in love with and she loses her provincial past (think about the portrait that the count admires but her son says that the father doesn't like it).

And for the second question, both Morrels lose their will to live and are saved by Edmond. They put themselves at the mercy of others because, if I remember correctly, they both issue an ultimatum that they say must accomplished and if it isn't they will be dead.

Again, definitely double check these and expand but hopefully this will give you a start. Good Luck!


Redio 04.12.2009. 08:38

Is it more common to see women (rather than men) exploiting and debasing themselves? -Because women have less power in society, and thus are more often at the mercy of others who have power (namely men). And as such women have often been incited to play to men's ideals and desires for women in order to get on good terms with and benefit from men and the 'patriarchal society'
-----For those who may disagree,
What then is the premise of Feminism, if it's not basically concerning men's continual submersion and exploitation of women? - How can men do these things if men don't simply have more social power than women?


Admin 04.12.2009. 08:38

yes, how many men do you see selling their bodies as sex objects, girls today sleep with almost anyone, that's why a lot of them are prostitutes


Elemental God 03.07.2011. 17:36

Are belief in an eternal Hell and belief in the value of mercy mutually exclusive beliefs? Does belief in eternal punishment effectively negate any effort made in this life to cultivate forgiveness, mercy and any other related moral values, by merely displacing any psychological need for vices like vengeance and one-upmanship into a form that is more palatable to the soul, not actually ridding them from soul but just pushing them into a corner?

If a belief in an eternal Hell can be shaken off, I think only then can the soul be open to deeper, more meaningful aspects of forgiveness.

Elemental God

Admin 03.07.2011. 17:36

Mercy does not absolve us from the consequences of choices, actions, behaviors.
We petition God for mercy for having made these horrible choices and He forgives us. Forgiveness is an outpouring of mercy.
However, if we do not ask for mercy, forgiveness - by our own initiation - is not ours to have and there must, for justice sake, be a place for the eternal soul that has rejected God's mercy.


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