“The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.” – George Bernard Shaw
Maybe, I should have held this one until Christmas time, because the first thing that comes to mind is Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol“. It is part of human nature to protect and defend ourselves; to hoard our resources and not share with those from outside our group. It is also compassion for others that moves individuals to share those resources and reach out to other people and help them. In this quote and the classic Christmas tale, this truth is stated clearly. To be indifferent to our fellow man is the worst sin. It permits us to look the other way and ignore the needs of others. In a classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life“, we learn how the life of George Bailey influenced the community he lived in. He gets a short glimpse of that world when Clarance helps him. He emerges into Potterville a poor and twisted version of the community he lived in and loved. This movie also serves as a story of redemption, friendship, and the power of good works.
I admit that this is something I have been guilty of and because of the good examples of my family and Rob in particular I have been able to change. I have also learned from the example of Jesus Christ, our great exemplar, what it means to serve and care for others. A story that comes to mind are The Centurion, in Luke Chapter 7.