Be My Neighbor
I wind up singing this song to Luci almost every day when we take a walk through our quaint, little Alexandria, VA neighborhood. As it happens, to our right lives a devout Egyptian Muslim family and the neighbors to our left are politically active Tea Party folks. Their views of the world could not be more different from mine. I consider myself fortunate to be in a place and time that makes it possible to break bread and live peacefully with these good folks.
There's a scripture in the Book that says to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Mark 12:31) New Thought Aramaic scholar, Dale Allen Hoffman suggests that the colloquial, non-literal meaning of the word "neighbor," as JC would have spoken it, referred to every person, place or thing upon which we focus our attention. The idea behind that interpretation is to love this whole world (universe) and everything in it, the way we (ideally) love ourselves. It's a worthwhile challenge I don't always remember. But this song is definitely one of many internal reset buttons on doing so.
Do you live in a diverse neighborhood? Or in a place that reminds you of the rich beauty of the world? How often do you get the chance to interact with people who see things differently than you do? What do you think of this (admittedly radical) idea of loving everything and everybody? Seriously! What do you think? Comment and let me know.