“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV, John 13:34-35)
I often quote the bible as much as the Tao, my familiarity with the text may be the cause.
The passage above explains that self-love, which proceeds, equally to others, is a vital duty of the Christian Faith. (All Faiths for that matter)
This passage appears not accompanied with much ambiguity, as often may be the case in ancient readings. In other words, this commandment, has stood the test of time in theory. However, visibly confirmed, it is the least suggested order we actualize.
A Stranger in Our Land
Strangers and differences scares us, and when this occurs, the ‘Love” commandment falls on unfertilized soil. Throughout history, racial composition, sexual orientations, and differences in speech or dress indicate strangers. Therefore, the carnal mind, anxious to categorize our sensory intake initially blocks our true nature. (Love)
In chronic cases, the infested carnal mind, riddled with egotistical intentions is the strongest adversary against the ‘Love’ commandment. Unfortunately and woefully, our ill-trotted spiritual journey resembles the pagan’s fable proclamation of religious sanctity. We achieve the mastery of self-deception in this soup.
Without self-realization, there can be no genuine love. Our addiction to self-identification maintains us in a vicious cycle of temporary mental compositions. All these mental views centers on our worldly desires. In this funk, we are only concern with ourselves.
In this maze, also, we only pretend piety. We shout, dance, and wink ‘Love Thy Neighbor.’ All the while, we are engaged to a self-preservation framework, often to the detriment of anyone or anything.
The carnal mind cannot be the apparatus to our true nature (Love). This form of psyche does not comprehend universal Love. Be true to yourself, go within, and discover your true nature. Stop pretending, we all can see realism.