the second commandment

July 16, 2006

“Love your neighbour as yourself”

I like to point out that it definitely says “as yourself”, meaning that we are not supposed to despise or ignore ourselves, but simply love others equally. I like this, because it suggests a balance of looking after my needs and those of others. Love your neighbour. Who is your neighbour? If my neighbour is my kids, it’s easy. I would always rather protect their interests than anyone else who happens to get in the way. But are all those other people my neighbour too? I still have to look after the kids first because they can’t do it for themselves yet.

I suppose we are aiming for a win-win situation. Try to look after everyone at once. Give to all who ask – that’s in there somewhere as well.

Bedtime

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