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Attention and generosity…

The quote for this weeks
In Other Words

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
Simone Weil

On first reading I totally agreed with this quote then I thought about it some and now I agree but with reservations.  Maybe I am being cynical in my thinking but not all attention is pure or generous.  Often it is mean-spirited and ugly causing embarrassment, unhappiness, and pain.  We just have to look at the news programs and reality shows to see that not all attention is good.

Young children and teens who receive love and guidance and encouragement know the generosity of attention.  However, too many children have inappropriate and abusive attention given them. The elderly who are visited and given love and respect know the generosity of attention.  But those who are cheated by unscrupulous people and spoken to as if they are children know the dark side of attention. Those who are ill or disabled who are cared for and included in not only the special occasions of life but in ordinary everyday life have the generous attention of others.  Yet many are laughed at and teased by others whose attentions are not pure and generous.

Perhaps if I had the context of the quote I would completely agree but as it stands I do not.  I would like it better if the quote was, “Loving attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”  But then maybe the attention I have given this quote is not generosity in its rarest and purest form.

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