“LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR”
We are not animals, and yet for centuries people have turned barbaric, destroying one another with the sword and the pen. It is no fault of the children born in these countries ridden with hate and bloodshed and yet they are punished, what horrible brutes we have become, or can we redeem ourselves?
In the midst of all the calamity in the world, the Xenophobic attacks in South Africa, and the Earthquake in Nepal, we have also witnessed man’s greatest virtue, his goodwill towards his fellow man.
It is heart wrenching to see thousands of bodies crushed beneath buildings, children orphaned and thousands more left homeless, and yet my faith in humanity has been restored. Despite all the negativity in the world, today we see thousands set into action without thinking of the difference in race or religion. Not logistical challenges nor threats of losing their own lives can stop them, this is what “love thy neighbor as thy self” means.
In every religious book we are encouraged to work for the good of humanity, and man has eventually acceded to the call of our prophets and Gods. Herein lies the proof: Swami Vivekananda: “Work on with the intrepidity of a lion but at the same time with the tenderness of a flower.”
It warms my heart to see man’s instinct to kill turn into love and compassion. Natural disasters have awakened in man a natural desire to care, uplift and nurture the injured and fallen. This is how we were meant to live, in harmony, peace and unity.
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