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Feb 14, 2012


In Defence of the Bleeding Hearts

Valentine’s Day-a day symbolized by hearts. You can’t walk through a mall without seeing hearts absolutely everywhere so I thought it would be a good day to share my thoughts about Bleeding Hearts.

In the past few months on several occasions people have sneered at me “Oh you’re just a Bleeding Heart” in a dismissive, derisive and derogatory way.

So I have given this much thought and my response is, “Yes, yes I am and I am damn proud of it.”

My heart does bleed
For animals that are abused
For children that are sexually assaulted before they even start kindergarden
For teenagers that are bullied to the point that suicide seems like a rational option
For the 25 000 people that will die of hunger TODAY
For the environment
For women who live in societies where honour killings go unpunished
For veterans who come home after serving their countries and are not given the resources they need to return to civilian life
My heart does bleed 

And each day in my own small ways I try to make the world a better place

In my opinion it is much better to have a Bleeding Heart than one that is stone cold.

But just because I am a Bleeding Heart that does not mean I am soft or naïve. It does not mean I have love for everyone or even that I can find forgiveness for everyone (I am far from being that enlightened).

While I do not believe in the death penalty I definitely believe in much harsher prison sentences for those who chose to commit violent crimes and I am unable to feel sympathy towards them at this stage in my life.

To me the qualities that most define a Bleeding Heart are compassion, empathy, integrity and kindness so I’ll take being called a Bleeding Heart as a compliment.

When people sneer about The Bleeding Hearts I have to wonder if they realize the contributions The Bleeding Hearts have made to the world.

It was Bleeding Hearts who would have rallied against slavery
It was Bleeding Hearts who would have worked for women to get the vote
It was Bleeding Hearts who created the Children’s Aid Society and the SPCA
It was Bleeding Hearts who believed EVERY child was entitled to an education
It was Bleeding Hearts who fought for safe work environments
Belong to a union? Well you can thank the Bleeding Hearts who came before you who fought for the benefits you enjoy today
And here in Canada, it was Bleeding Hearts who believed every citizen should have access to healthcare

When I think of people throughout history it seems to me that Jesus Christ, Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein, Jane Adams, The Dalai Lama and Albert Schweitzer may have been considered Bleeding Hearts. While I am sure Attila the Hun, Vlad the Impaler, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, and Ruhollah Khomeini have never been accused of having a bleeding heart.

I know whose company I’d rather keep.

So to all of you Bleeding Hearts out there I send my love and best wishes and hope you have Happy Valentine’s Day.

Keep up the good work

Warm Wishes





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Posted: Tuesday February 14, 2012, 10:08 am
Tags: animals heart children women jesus valentines gandhi compassion environment liberal cruelty kindness bleeding [add/edit tags]

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Brian M. (202)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 10:54 am
Very well written!

Anneke Andries (266)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 11:49 am
How beautiful you've said this, it describes exactly our inner world, the core of our feelings...

Aronael K'treva (26)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 12:15 pm
Thank you for voicing such wonderful and well needed statements!

Ms Noting Commentator (21)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 12:24 pm
Good for you Denise! I have a Bleeding Heart as well. At least, I have some company! Happy Valentineís Day!!! You have a very nice day, as well as a very nice week!!! I hope you are enjoying a somewhat mild winter for your region! Until next time, please take good care of yourself and your family. Stay warm!!! Portland

Martha R (99)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 12:25 pm
I agree with you Denise. My heart is bleeding also.

Susan N. (16)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 12:40 pm
Thanks for sharing, beautifully said, I too have a bleeding heart. Sending u love on this Valentine's day. Stay well.

Candace Lewandowski (2)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 12:42 pm
Finally, a fellow Bleeding Heart calls out an accuser! Very well played ;0). Happy Valentine's Day!

Diane F. (31)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 12:47 pm
Thank you, Denise! And happy Valentine's Day to everyone here. I wish us, the earth and every living plant & animal many more happy bleeding hearts to grace it's/our existence!

Suzy F. (94)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 12:59 pm

Dotti Lydon (109)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 1:21 pm
Denise L, thank you for defending Bleeding Hearts and bringing us this wonderful article.

Pami W. (218)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 1:30 pm
Thanks Denise,
Well said and I am a bleeding heart for all those causes you listed.

Nancy Black (305)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 1:42 pm
I so agree with you; thanks for verbalizing how I feel and many others do. Valentine's Day is a day of love, and you have expressed it for the environment, wildlife, pets, women, children, the elderly, and the world in general. Thank you,
Take care; Happy Valentine's Day, and Love,

Marg W. (61)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 1:45 pm
This is wonderful! I have been called a bleeding heart liberal and I have always replied," yes I am and proud of it too"! Thank you so much. Happy Valentines Day, Peace and Love to all!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 1:53 pm
beatiful =)

Erica S. (1)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 2:15 pm
I've never understood how being called a Bleeding Heart was an insult. Now I see it is actually a compliment.

Dominic C. (8)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 4:52 pm
Hey Denise, thank you. I think I am not totally a heart bleeder, but would want things to be justified. Like for example, I totally support the drone program, taking down Syrian dictatorship and Baarth elements in whatever means and bombing Iran to incapacitate its nuclear programmes.

Dominic C. (8)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 4:55 pm
Oh Denise, I almost forgot... Happy Valentines Day and may this day and all other days bring you joy and happiness in whatever you do. Cheers!

Laura C. (19)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 5:10 pm
Well said, Denise. I, too, am a bleeding heart. Happy Valentine's Day to all the bleeding hearts of the Care2 community!

Raymond G. (12)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 7:34 pm
To the bleeding HEARTS... I say CHEERS!

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
Nelson Henderson

Mary B. (34)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 8:07 pm
Brovo! Excellent post. Remember tho that most people who sneer at 'bleeding hearts' usually fallow it with the word,liberal. I guess they think liberals would put the kabosh on the fun they have trashing things and exploiting people. And to that I say, damn right we would !

Julie P. (14)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 8:59 pm

Sara W. (108)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 9:49 pm
This is very wonderful. Thank you for shedding light on this. Not many people seem to put the connection together of "bleeding hearts" and those who actually make a difference in the world because they actually care.

Jan Boyd (11)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 1:09 am
This so clearly expresses what I would like people to understand what they so condescendingly call a bleeding heart! Thank you for putting my feelings and thoughts in to a clear and concise deffinition that anyone could understand!

Carlene V. (203)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 5:22 am
Thanks Denise. I'm also happy to be a Bleeding Heart.

Peggy Miller (21)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 6:31 am
My Heart joins yours.

Leslie G. (75)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 7:19 am
You go girl. This was beautifully written and the contents is fabulous. I am proud to have you as a friend. And I am in total agreement with your definition of what a Bleeding Heart is. Thank you for sharing this. Love and Hugs.

Tom Sullivan (98)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 7:57 am
Thank you, You said it all.

Pauline Edwards (4)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 9:29 am

I really liked your explanation to people who say you have a bleeding heart.

To people in miserable situations, well they do say you can have your hell on earth and they certainly do. Human beings are the worst animal on this planet.

Gayle R. (37)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 10:47 am
Perfect! Sorry I didn't find it sooner.

Marisol F. (10)
Wednesday February 15, 2012, 1:58 pm
Thank you, Denise. I am a bleeding heart, also. Mine stems from having been sexually abused as a child. I work with children who have problems so I can help them become productive citizens when they grow up. So I thank you once again.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 3:05 am
Beautiful and reaching my heart.

Jennifer G. (16)
Friday February 17, 2012, 10:40 pm
Beautifully written, and I couldn't agree more :)

Patricia Cannell (778)
Saturday February 18, 2012, 7:50 am
Perfectly stated! Kudos to you Denise and your bleeding heart!

Ayesha Begum (15)
Saturday February 18, 2012, 10:52 pm
Very nicely written. Kudos to all the bleeding hearts.

tamara quartin (1)
Friday March 23, 2012, 3:57 am
wow a very great statement.i am behind you all the way

Marilynn Frederick (9)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 9:28 pm it! My heart bleeds right next to yours ♥

Mike D. (14)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 3:06 pm
Awesome job!!


Denise L.
female, age 41, married, 2 children
Wolf Lake, Quebec, Canada
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