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compassion? even when it comes to the Anthony’s?

I have not walked in the Anthony’s shoes, and I am certainly happy about that.  Now, I know the Anthony’s are not sympathetic characters as they have been deceptive & illusive, rude, careless, and have, at times, told many differing tales – variations on many untruths, or so it would seem.

But, you know what?  I never thought I’d ever, ever say this, but right now, I feel sorry for the Anthony’s.  I don’t want to see them lose their home – the only home Caylee knew.  I wouldn’t want to lose my home, either – no one would.

Let me tell you where I am coming from.  I have had the good fortune of seeing His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, twice over the last two days.  I was over the moon to see him (I’m seeing Desmond Tutu on Friday!!!)  And as a result of this experience, I am seeing and feeling a bit differently.

The Dalai Lama at NSU

The Dalai Lama Visits Nova Southeastern University

The Dalai Lama’s mission is a mission of compassion; he is recognized as the Buddha of Compassion. He was “chosen” or rather, reincarnated to succeed his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama, when he was only two years old.  He was the fifth in a Tibetan family of sixteen children.

To make a long story short, I felt the compassion he has and which he spoke so eloquently about.  His compassion is for the earth, and for all the people on it.

He sees our earth as a place where we are all one people, we are all equal in essence, too.  Now, there are internal and external differences between all people, this is certain.  But, from the Dalai Lama’s perspective, he says as human beings we must recognize that all people have one universal need and it is, simply, the pursuit of happiness.  Simple?  Not so much.

He spoke of the need for happiness as a universal need – a truth, and we must not make incorrect judgments of others   We must take a holistic view and only make our judgments based upon facts.

The Dalai Lama said that there is Godliness in forgiveness; in non-judgmental responses.  I see that, truly.

This was written into today’s program:

“Universal responsibility is feeling for other people’s suffering just as we feel our own.  It is the realization that even our enemy is entirely motivated by the quest for happiness.  We must recognize that all beings want the same thing we want.  This is the way to achieve a true understanding, unfettered by artificial consideration.”

I am going to try, from this day forward, to do my utmost to feel compassion for the Anthony’s, no matter what crazy comment they make or action they take.  But, opinion, on the other hand, our opinions and the freedom we have to speak our differences,  is a must, and it is our absolute sacred right.

We must always continue to discuss our differences in opinion, truly.  What a boring world it would be if we all thought alike!


Postscript: Lose a granddaughter, a daughter, all respect, and now a house? (what else could possibly plague this family?)


After sleeping on this topic overnight, I awake to this fact: I honestly cannot recall reading any factual basis from any source that the Anthony’s have profited from Caylee’s death.  I have read the columns and the opinions of so many who believe this is fact, but like Marinade Dave points out, until we have FACTS, let us not judge this too harshly.

Well, at least not yet.

As I alluded to in my earlier post, the mounting foreclosures impacting millions of Americans is FACT, and it is surely not surprising that given the FACT that both Cindy and George, who have not worked in over a year, are  struggling just like millions of Americans.

So, allow me to hold at bay my cynicism at their “sympathy ploy” as I can’t possibly know the truth here.  It is just the cynicism about the case that makes me crazy, but I have to be even-keeled here and wait until all the facts are out before passing judgment.

A FACT: The Anthony’s surely would not want to lose the home where they have such deep memories of both their daughter and granddaughter.

I think this is how I’d like to be treated if I were in the Anthony’s shoes.

Please read this post by Dave:


Lose a grandaughter, a daughter, all respect, and now a house? (what else could possibly plague this family?)

George and Cindy Anthony are reportedly facing foreclosure, or so says the Orlando Sentinel, the Miami Herald and other sources.

Let me not get too cynical here, but I have to wonder it this is not just a sympathy ploy by the Anthony’s to “prove” to the naysayers that they are not profiting from Caylee’s memory? Sound far fetched?  I have no basis in fact, no plausible proof, only a gut feeling as something doesn’t feel right about this new drama in the Anthony household.

There has been a great deal of speculation that the Anthony’s have profited to the max from licensing fees, appearances, press junkets, foundations that never got off the ground, a boat to find missing children, and on and on all in the name of Caylee.  But, maybe all that was completely untrue?  Perhaps they are just poor Americans, like millions of others, suffering as a result of the global recession?  It is not surprising then, if the Anthony’s fell into the rabbit-hole, too.

I have no way of knowing what the truth is with regards to any profit-making by the Anthony’s & Company.  One may assume the Anthony’s did not profit as was speculated since their lawyer, Conway, today proffered publicly that because the home on Hopespring Drive is so tied to the memory of Caylee, the Anthony’s couldn’t bear to give it up.  Of course not, that is understandable.

So, with regards to the foreclosure, let us not forget that thousands of Florida homes are being foreclosed on with millions of people impacted.  This foreclosure is like the flu, running rampant and infecting so many in its path.  The court system in Florida is overwhelmed with foreclosure cases.  It is so bad right now, that processing foreclosure cases can take up to two years.

However, I don’t know what it is, but something about this story doesn’t feel right; I have no facts to allude to, it’s just a sense that this may be a ruse for sympathy.

I hope not.  More facts will come out about this in the coming days.

We’ll just have to stay tuned.

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