Last evening I had the pleasure of spending time with some friends in their lovely new backyard. It was an impromptu late summer barbecue. As the evening progressed we discussed all sort of things from food gardens to travel experiences. At one point we had a quite intense discussion about how we react to the plight of those around us. One of my friends said she would let it be known how awful she felt about it. Another offered to contribute money. We further discussed about how emotional reactions however heartfelt did nothing to change the situation for those afflicted. Someone mentioned how as a society we have come to a place where we think that somehow our sympathy compensated for our inaction. There were many examples given about how people stand by in self-imposed helplessness as acts of violence are committed against others. In the end all agreed that we would all endeavor to be more than just sympathizers.