Compassion: Whither thou goest?
As a Boise State alumnus, I pursue the dream of returning to the high-valued and aesthetic climate of Treasure Valley. Interval family visits have often eventuated in organic adventures to the Co-op with its aloha of amicable and helpful staff. The neighborhood setting appeals to all.
Learning of the discovery of salmonella and the litigious response of a few elicited a deep sense of dismay and sadness. Co-op employees must have felt like a football team being assessed with 150 years of penalties instead of 15. Here in the Bay Area, reflexive legal suits abound, as a dispassionate corporate identity often overshadows individual sensitivity and principle. An increasing number of intellectuals and spiritual folk have raised the aegis; the “too much” of our globe has skidded into the abyss of “self-entitlement.” Even ego centrism usually dissipates after toddlerhood.
The symptoms of salmonella poisoning can persist up to a week. In rare cases, Reiter’s condition may occur, requiring reasonable compensation.
Among the cross-section of America who pledged our lives to national service in oppressive environments, the specter of diarrhea, dysentery, malaria, predatory insects were constant realities. The summary empathic statement by a stalwart resident: “We are from a different generation.”
Jim Barker, San Jose