A disclaimer first of all. No high academic achievement diplomas regarding the human sciences hang on my wall. Nothing qualifies me (if that does) to write what Iím about toóexcept 91 years of living and observing human beings in action (myself under the microscope first and most acutely of all) and the study of and belief in the Holy Bible.
Babies are born loving no one but themselves, and the title above describes their first year or so of behavior very accurately. They are totally engrossed in themselves, their food, comfort, toes, etc. And thatís perfectly natural in the maturation process. But after awhile they began to love and feel close to mom and dad and siblings and pets, etc. also perfectly normal. And then they become teenagers and adults. Some learn to love others and treat them well, but some do not. They havenít grown out of the ME, MYSELF AND I concept. As we look across the spectrum of adults (including ourselves), we find varying degrees of love for others. Itís really quite obvious except perhaps to the person himself.
And along about here, Jesus has some powerful, no mistaking, words to say about this subject. The two greatest commandments are to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and the second is like unto it: Love our neighbors as our selves. By now hopefully the Me, Myself and I concept is a distant memory, and we have developed the capability to love others as ourselves, But it must not be universal or automatic, because Jesus made it mandatory across the board with the powerful story of the injured wayfarer whom the religious folks passed by without a thought. Think about it! It is second only to the command to love God! It must be very, very important in the scheme of things. And it is. It pays powerful dividends even in the here and now. Corollary to this is not only that it is an absolute command, but if you think about it, loving others as much as, or more, than self is the road to happiness. People who are selfish and caught up in the ďIím the center of everything importantĒ are miserable folks. For some reason things donít turn out well for them at home, work or play, but itís always somebody elseís fault because they are perfect: they are caught in the ME, MYSELF and I, syndrome.
Unless and until we look carefully at ourselves and see that selfishness is a killer of happiness in this world and the next, weíve lost both. Essentially loving others is the key to the best this world has to offer as well as surety for the next. Honor people! God made them! Help them to be better! Give them the benefit of the doubt! Lift the fallen! Maybe thatís why itís the Second Greatest Commandment. We donít need ME, MYSELF AND I! We ourselves are all frail creatures of dust. Letís join the common folk and just love one another as our Lord commands. Shall we? Makes one wonder, if we donít obey the Second Commandment, is it even possible to obey the First? After all, we are Godís workmanship. And He loved us enough to send Jesus to die for us. The Circle of Love must not be broken if we are to be pleasing to our Maker.
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91 years of study is better than any degree (in my opinion). The wisdom of your years shines in this article. Thank you very much. One of my confirmations of my salvation came through an overwhelming sense of love for all mankind. Yes, we need to love others as we love ourselves. Excellent my dear sister. God bless, Christian