Where is our compassion and why the overkill?

Posted 5 Feb 2013 by Walaa Idris

Chris Huhne

Chris Huhne has no one to blame but himself for his predicament. And I bet he knows and accepts that. The man lied and lived with his lie for ten years; imagine the anguish and despair he and his wife had to live with all that time. I don’t know or understand his reasons for lying and might not even agree with them. But they must be very important to him otherwise he won’t have risked everything for something as little as three points on his driving licence, a fine and the possible suspension of it.

However, I find the compassionless venomous reaction to his admission of guilt, from many in the media especially social media very disturbing. Falling from grace is tough enough, losing the respect of your loved ones is even tougher. Then facing the prospect of losing your liberty, after ten years of being locked up in your own personal exile of inner turmoil is the utmost punishment any person can impose on them self. Dark negative secrets can sometimes kill, that in itself is a sentence.

Can we possibly just show some compassion? Is it possible for us to let Chris Huhne and his family just be, can we respect their ordeal and allow them the space and privacy to deal with it, while justice takes its course? I am positive, if in their shoes, we would like to be treated with some empathy. I know I would.

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