What Happened to Love thy Neighbor?

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What Happened to Love thy Neighbor?

By Dahni

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There was a day. It was warm and beautiful. The skies were blue and friendly puffy floating clouds drifted by. Birds were on the wing and in song. Hope was in your heart. Possibility in the air was blowing through your hair. You felt good and walked with confidence in every step you took. You smiled. You smiled at others you knew or met. You said hello and they in turn, gave it back freely and friendly, like a hug and kiss from just a gesture. You opened doors for others and they for you. You complimented and were complimented. You helped out and others helped you. You checked on others and they checked on you. You stood together with them and for them and they stood together with you and for you. Your joy was theirs and theirs was yours. Their sorrow yours and yours, theirs. You were alive and glad to be. You stepped as if you knew where you were going. You were fearless with nothing to fear as all you met and would meet, had your back. You had no doubt, no worry and no fear. You loved and you were loved. The sun and moon and planets and stars and the whole earth revolving under your feet, were all in alignment, for you. You were in agreement with everyone and everyone agreed with you. Life and Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness was good, very good, good for you and good for everyone and anyone!

Then, something you did not agree with happened. Someone that was different happened. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

A fever of the mind took you. It took your heart. It started slowly – no opinion, no confrontation, no questions asked, no getting involved, no making waves, no want to offend. As evil surmising(s) began coursing through your veins, you kept to yourself, you kept quiet, but your temperature continued to rise. Your apathy began to boil and boil over and out of your words and deeds. Disagreements led you to arguments and the fever took your heart. It was only a matter of time; it is only a matter of time until, the fever took and takes, all of your body, your heart, soul, mind and strength. And it is contagious. It is highly contagious. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

I am writing here, to you, you of this country, The United Sates of America. Whether loving your neighbor is, a universal truth like, the golden rule, doing unto others as you would them do unto you or not, I am writing this and speaking to you. WE were never united because, we are all the same. WE were and may yet still be united because, all of us created equally, are all equally fervent and desire the same— Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

What happened to— Love thy Neighbor? I will tell you, whether you believe in God and believe God or not—the love of money happened! Not money, but what it represents—power and control. Not just power and control, but the love of power and control! Things like money, are made to be used, not loved. People are made, not to be used, but to be loved. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor? The love of money (power and control), happened. It is, the root of all evil! If you require a reference, here it is: 1 Timothy 6:10 King James Version (KJV)

How easy it to love Him that we cannot see, if we cannot/will not love him or her we do see? How can we say we love Him, if we cannot/will not love them He created equally? What stone do you first cast at yourself, for your own weaknesses and errors, sins, shortcomings, your differences and flaws, and corruption and imperfection? If you are to love others as you love yourself and you do not, how much even self love do you have?

Whom or what has made you feverish? Whom or what has infected you? Whom or what owns you? Whom or what controls you? Whom or what bribes you? Whom or what gags you so that you cannot/will not speak? Whom or what blindfolds you that you cannot/will not see? Whom or what has stopped your ears that you cannot/will not hear? Whom or what binds your hands or places instruments of destruction in them? Whom or what chains your feet so that you cannot or will not move or threatens you, your loves and/or whips you, harms you, kills you or your loved, unless or until you do? Whom or what has stricken history, from all your memory or your recall and whom or what strikes it still? Whom or what will come to your aide, if you cannot or will not come to the aide of others? What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

I write these words. I have read these words. I read these words. I am just like you. What happened to— Love thy Neighbor, my Neighbor?

Do you remember, do I? Do you know, do I?? What are you, what am I, going to do about it???????

If I have a fever, I do not need or want to spread it! I do not need or want the undertaker, the mortician! I need and want a physician! I need and want to be healed! I want and need to Live! I want and need Liberty! I want and need, the Pursuit of Happiness! I want and need to be made whole! Please come my neighbor, come and love me and make me whole!!!! I will do the same for you!!!!!

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

 Excerpt from: The first inaugural address by Abraham Lincoln

Fourscore and seven [now, Twelvescore and three (243=1774], years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us–that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion–that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.”

The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863


 

Dahni

1 of WE

 

 

PS My inspiration for this piece is from a four-year old movie I just watched yesterday (twice in fact), called: ‘Copperhead.’ It is very similar to the times in which we are living in today. It has always been thus—What happened to— Love thy Neighbor?

 

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