I’ll just go ahead and say it – there is a stunning, literally jaw-dropping, lack of compassion in much of today’s mainstream culture.
I first became aware of this while watching a blissful documentary called “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” The posthumous star of this perfect film, Mister Rogers, was my daily mentor growing up. Even as a young child, I never felt like his show was a “children’s show,” like I felt while watching shows like Sesame Street or Scooby Doo.
I always felt like it was just a show – a show where a few of the people were tall and the rest were all quite short. In other words, we weren’t “kids” and “adults” in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood. We were just people, talking together, living together, learning to love and be kind together. He was so kind! He “got” us. He listened and took whatever we said seriously. He would talk to us about the things no one else wanted to talk about.