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Written by Judy Mensch

Empathy is a lost art.  Not that I really think it’s an art but it is something that is certainly becoming lost in Western Culture.  We live in an “I deserve the best” kind of world: a philosophy that threatens the very foundational principles in Scripture as well as our ability to benefit mankind. 

A lot of our advertising and branding points to selfishness and leads us far from empathy and compassion for others.  I think that modern advertising paints a picture of society.  Of course they do not stand alone in representing our scruples nor are they the only gauge of our egocentricity.  But here are some examples of contemporary marketing slogans:

  • Häagen-Dazs – Pleasure is the path to joy
  • McDonald’s – You deserve a break today
  • L’Oréal – You’re worth it
  • Tag Heuer – Success.  It’s a mind game
  • Vodafone – Make the most of now
  • Burger King – Have it your way
  • Diesel – Be stupid
  • Aston Martin – Power, beauty and soul

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Written by Judy Mensch

 Lately I have been thinking about the measurement of time.  Maybe because my time is nearing it’s end (I’m not dying anytime soon, but I’m closer to that date than I was before).  That was such a non-descript parenthetical statement.  We’re all closer to that date than we were before.  What I meant was that I am probably in the final quarter of my life – and if not the final quarter, and I should live so long, at least the third quarter.

There have been adages and proverbs written about time.  “Time flies”, “Time heals all wounds”, “A stitch in time saves nine”, “Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once” to name a few.

Time has been written about, thought about, philosophized, talked about, cried over and studied.  Time has been scientifically diagnosed for ages and I’m still not able to travel into the past to change the course of history.  But I do enjoy all the time travel books and films and discussing with my friends how it is impossible to change the past because of the time space continuum.  I fantasize about it never the less.  Imagine if we could?

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