And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:39 NKJV.
By now almost everyone has heard the phrase “can’t we all just get along.” Sometimes this phrase is the punch line in a joke and it has been in many movie scripts. Even though this phrase has often been more of a casual statement than a serious one, today I would like to pose it as a serious question. Can we all truly get along? why or why not? I am sure everyone has their own reasons for why and why not and most of those reasons are probably valid, however, I would like to take a different approach to analyzing this question.
The above bible verse was spoken by Jesus Christ to a religious leader who was also a lawyer. The original question this lawyer asked Jesus was, “what is the greatest commandment?” The response Jesus gave to that question was to love God, with all our heart, soul and mind, Matthew 22: 38. According to Jesus, the second greatest commandment is to love others as we love ourselves, this is where I would like to start my analysis.
In the world we live in today, there is so much division, segregation and discrimination, a far cry from the second greatest commandment. Looking at the world from this perspective, the answer would simply be, “No we cannot all truly get along,” let me pose another question here, who created all the division and discord we have among each other? Before you answer this question, think long and hard about it and weigh all options. The two main division include but are not limited to the color of our skin and social status. Regardless of who created the division, we all make a small contribution into it, which has fueled it into an appalling global disease. You may not believe or even accept the fact that you contribution to it but anytime you take sides with one of the divisions, there is your contribution. We are being conditioned everyday to hate before love, don’t believe me? Pull up any social media feed, I guarantee that you will find something that is going to further fuel one of these divisions. The only time we want to give a like, or love, is on a social media platform but not in person, that’s a shame. You do not have to love everything someone does, but it should not stop you from loving them as a human being that God created.
My answer is yes, we can all truly get along. We would all need to reeducate ourselves and recondition our minds and yes, this is daunting task but possible. In addition to this, we need to first achieve the greatest commandment which is, loving God completely with all our heart. You cannot go to step two of anything without first completing step one. Once we have step one locked down, step two becomes much easier. Let us begin today by loving God first and then loving one another as fellow humans, forsaking all inequalities. These are Julien’s thoughts and what’s on his mind.
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