Sunday, October 30, 2005

Love your neighbour.

"It may be possible for each of us to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbour. The load, or the weight, or the burden, of my neighbour's glory should be laid daily on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken.

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talked to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship - or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming posibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, marry, snub, and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendours."

C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory.

This is another favourite quote by C.S Lewis. It reminds us that everyone we meet is someone special, someone unique, someone with an eternal destiny. And everything we do with them, to them and for them has, regardless of magnitude, eternal consequences.

Love your neighbour, for what you do and do not do will have an impact on the both of you.



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