On my self description to the right here I claim to be a passionate altruist. I want to expand on that statement and also ponder those who seem to have an opposite view of the world. First let’s look at a couple of definitions:
Altruism — the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
Empathy — understanding and entering into another’s feelings
These two descriptions are a major part of my being. I unashamedly shed tears when I witness those who are struggling through life with one affliction or another. While mine has not been nearly as severe as others I can most often put myself into their shoes and understand their struggles. The second thing that is paramount to my being is my belief that Jesus Christ came to earth to teach me how to have life and have it to its fullest. Also to the right I claim to be a “follower of Jesus”. That is I am totally convinced that he intends us to follow his examples and teaching while we are on this earth. I’m not sure which came first, they both appear to be part of my nature.
When others are concentrating on celebrities, sports jocks, or others of authority or wealth I am watching waiters, manual laborers, especially those trapped in a minimum wage job. While others rail against all those “takers” out there I am doing what I can to help those in need. Yes, I recognize that a small minority of people who are on various public welfare roles are gaming the system to get something they don’t need or deserve but I will never be willing to deny help to all the ones who truly need it in order to prevent those few from taking advantage of the system.
I see so many self-proclaimed Christians out there that let their fear control their behavior in this regard. But then again I also see far too many who focus on God’s supposed wrath rather than his love. I see God loving every being that he created and wanting all to eventually come to him while others see a god who is watching them every second to find an excuse for condemning them to an eternity of pain and extreme suffering. I guess our worldviews are dictated by which man-made version of God we believe in. As for me I will alway live in the shadow of a loving God not in fear of a god of wrath and vengeance .
Concern for others, hopefully always above self but aware that that is not always the case, and understanding another’s feelings is my driving force in life. I could just not live in that other worldview of fear and hatred especially when it comes to my spiritual self. I will try to understand that those who follow the opposite tract are mostly living in fear instead of love. I will always try to pray that they someday will understand that and give themselves over to the light that is within all of us….
This was a very deep and emotional post for me but for some reason I needed to say it….