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Love Thy Neighbor!

July 21, 2012

Have you ever caught yourself thinking that all humans are basically evil? Do you ever wonder why we are often so violent, warlike, and aggressive when we have long since  chosen to express belief in a higher power who directs us to find peace and harmony with others?

A concept much like the Golden Rule is highly valued in religious faith worldwide. I was thinking about the guy in the movie theater. I think we all want to believe that he is crazy, one of those tortured souls who walks among us and explodes one day in an orgy of blood. On the other hand, what do we believe about mankind as a whole?

Our country was literally established by common people fleeing religious persecution abroad. My particular ancestors were Quakers. They believed that we all had a part of God in each and every one of us. Therefore, they had no issue with neighbors or people of another faith. They were tolerant with people of a different race. Quakers refused to kill another. They were by nature peaceful and kind. I’m not just blaming them, but how is it then that people of many religious faiths coming here to be free decided that Indians were in the way? What happened?

I’m no religious scholar. I just went on line and googled, “ Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You,” otherwise known as the golden rule.  Guess what? You could almost make the case that the major religions, including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, and Christianity have the golden rule as a dominant tenet of their creed. How is it then, that this major guiding principal, actually attributed to Jesus and Muhammad alike, seems to exist NOW only as a cliché? It reminds me of something quaint, an old adage in needle point, something one might find in an antique store?

“Do Unto Others As You would Have Them Do Unto You”                                                                                                                    “Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself”                                                                                                                                                                   “Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged”

Hey, just for fun, let’s quit grabbing what we want from the religious texts so we can justify intolerance! Let’s begin to actually practice what we are supposed to believe.

One Comment
  1. Bob Woodward permalink

    I like this very much. Well said.

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