Love Thy Neighbor Blog #3
This week in the midst of another controversy that unfortunately divides us there was the powerful reminder that the men and women in our military who are willing to make the supreme sacrifice do this as a love of country. To be willing to die for ideas, principles, or someone else, I would submit is the most true or pure example of loving thyself. The second of the Greatest Commandments core to Jewish and Christian religions is this idea “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” The two are inextricably linked.
Three weeks ago, we experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. We also witnessed and learned about heroic acts, big and small, that saved lives. There was the mother who lay on top of her daughter to shield her from bullets. They both made it out safely. A young man got out, then went right back in. He said, “I had two arms, I had two legs, I hadn’t been shot, I was healthy and I knew people were in danger,” he told MSNBC. “And I just needed to go back and help wherever I could.” A husband died while protecting his wife. He grabbed her and started running when she felt him get shot in the back. There were countless stories of survivors who they wouldn’t be alive if not for the help of a stranger.
This blog is dedicated to those heroes in the military who fight and die for their neighbor. Dedicated to the heroes in Las Vegas who were enjoying a concert and instinctually saved lives of those around them. These heroes epitomize, self-love that compels self-sacrifice on behalf of others – their neighbors.
I continue to welcome anyone reading this blog, to share and help plant the seeds of the spirit, essence and intent of Love Thy Neighbor. I will periodically share some thoughts and things that inspire me with the hopes of keeping the conversation going.