"Neighborly Love" -- The Willingness of People to Help Others"Neighborly Love" -- The Willingness of People to Help Others
A homeless man with a family sits on the sidewalk watching people walk
right by, as if they don't see him. A woman is raped in broad daylight on a
busy city street, and nobody stops to help. A man is attacked by a gang of
eight neo-nazi-looking teenagers because they think he's a "queer", and the
people around go about their daily business as if nothing unusual is
Is it too much to ask for the members of a society to help other members
of the same society? Isn't the purpose of society to survive? Isn't it the
responsibility of the leaders of the society to either reform or
excommunicate members which don't pull their weight, or are downright harmful
to others? Or is it just a mistake on my part to think these "outrageous,
liberal, dangerous, commie" ideas?
It happens much too often in today's society. People today are too
willing to humiliate, injure, or even kill their neighbors, and too busy to
provide assistance to them in time of need. It's almost as if society
suddenly collapsed one day, and we were thrown right back out into the jungle,
with every person for him or her self.
I suggest that, unless we're ready to forget the concept of society
altogether and devolve into mindless barbarians as we once were, we need to
be willing to do more good. The reason the early forms of society developed,
called a pack, was because of logic. It is much more logical to have others
help you to survive, than to have them competing against your survival. In
order for this to occur, however, you must also do your part to help them
survive. If you do not, it will become increasingly difficult for you to
compete against those you once betrayed.
So, the next time you get in your car to go shopping, ask yourself this
question: If I get into a terrible accident on my way and am severely injured,
will I want a passerby to stop and help out? If your answer is "yes", then
you need to re-evaluate yourself the next time you pass by someone in need.
If your answer turns out to be "no", you have no need to live in this society,