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To Care or Not to Care

How do we know how much to give, and how much to care for others? It seems many, if not most of the world’s spiritual traditions have in common an ethical “golden rule” - do for others as you would have them do for you. This helps keep the question ‘in balance’.

We are each born with a basic “I need” - without which we would likely perish in those early weeks and years. Very soon we are taught by either circumstance or culture (such as parents) to consider the needs of others, if only to enhance the chances that others will in turn consider my own needs. We’ll develop what I sometimes call an ‘empathy organ’[1], the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Furthermore it can become the foundation upon which to enjoy the fellowship and company of people who relish the joy of human caring. Somewhere Albert Einstein noted that the most important question for humanity is whether the universe is friendly or not. Different people have different answers to that question.

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