Syrian refugees and a time for compassion, not cowardice

Why we should assist refugees, irrespective of their origin:

– Helping others shows compassion
– Compassion removes cultural barriers
– Removing barriers encourages people to listen to new ideas
– Listening to new ideas helps people learn
– Learning helps people determine what’s true
– Understanding what’s true helps people jettison irrational beliefs
– Getting rid of irrational beliefs removes the justification for harmful behaviors inspired by those beliefs
– Eliminating harmful behaviors that cause others to suffer means people no longer need to seek refuge

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