Love Thy Neighbor
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself..."
As much as I love myself?
I did not understand.
Then it happened:
Could that possibly mean
Love thy neighbor as a part of thyself?
Suddenly it came alive: a rule to live by.
My neighbor and I are one - as fingers of one hand
My neighbor's welfare is my welfare -
His poverty my poverty,
His happiness my happiness.
The old commandment has grown to mean
Love thy planet as a part of thyself.
Treat it with love and kindness,
With care, gentleness, and thanksgiving.
Any harm done to my planet
Is harm done to me.