lebt wohl


One well-known core Judeo-Christian principle is, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."


But, to quote the philosopher, "How much do you really love yourself?"


Can a person who has lost the ability to love themselves and is contemplating suicide, but isn't also contemplating murdering the neighbors, be said to love their neighbors more than themselves? Somehow I doubt it.


Or can a person who does indeed love themselves to an extent, but is also quite hard on themselves, be said to be failing to love their neighbors as themselves if they are not equally hard on the neighbors?


If a person tries their damnedest to love their neighbors (i.e. strangers and foreigners) as themselves but just can't do it, should they then feel obligated to love themselves less? So as to even things out?


Anyway, while some people may genuinely love themselves, I think there are others who are only attempting to fulfill the responsibility of self-interest. It seems we are all born with an instinctive urge toward self-interest, but is this really the same thing as love? Maybe not...


To say to such people, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself," might really just therefore be meaningless.