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The Golden Rule and the reflective quality of self-love

Self preservation is a trait common to all organisms and is an imperative for survival. In humans this quality of self preservation can also be called self-love (self well-being); everyone must have self-love in order to survive, it is fundamental to our existence. Morality expresses itself through and has a solid foundation in the Golden Rule, which can be defined as a form of “reflected” self-love…”treat others as you wish to be treated” for the sake of their well-being. When self-love is looked at in this way it becomes easy to see how morality developed in humans. The awareness of self-love is unique to humans, when this love is reflected onto others the outcome is “moral values” seen in an objective manner. Just as a person can see their reflection in a mirror, so they can see their self-love reflected in others, which then forms a perfect image of moral values, seen in an objective manner. The concept of moral values when viewed in this manner does not vary across the human spectrum of experience.  Just as self preservation is a component of self-love which leads to the ultimate well-being of the individual, so does treating others with reflected self-love lead to promoting their well-being. Read the rest of this entry »

In re-reading the story of Lazarus and the rich man found only in the Gospel of Luke, some new insights became apparent that I had never noticed before.

Luke 16:19-21 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

 

In the first few verses we have the description of the rich man and the beggar named Lazarus. The story tells us of a rich man  clothed in expensive garments who eats extravagantly every day; while on the other hand the poor beggar is starving and full of sores, which are probably caused from leprosy. It says that the beggar is waiting for crumbs of food to fall from the rich mans table while dogs are licking his sores; quite a graphic picture of a suffering human being. Jesus chooses to relate this particular story and focuses our attention on the rich man eating sumptuously while the beggar eagerly waits for some of his crumbs, which of course garners our sympathies for the poor man and heightens our anger towards the selfish rich man. What goes unnoticed, and Jesus fails to expose, is the greater responsibility of the biblegod whom he calls his father. Whether or not the rich man is guilty of not giving of his abundance and sharing with the beggar, should in no way dismisses the fact that the beggar was a sick man in need of healing which the rich man was incapable of giving him, whereas Jesus or his father had the ability to heal this poor sick man (at least the Bible tells us he does), who had dogs licking his wounds, yet they did nothing. Read the rest of this entry »

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