Self & Otherness

Dorcas was simply Dorcas. However, what she did in her time spoke for her at a crucial moment.

An in-depth reading of French Philosopher Emmanuel Levinas’s Humanism of the Other and Canadian Philosopher Jean Vanier’s Becoming Human, will aide in understanding life is not all about oneself. Substantial at this point to differentiate between ‘loving oneself’ and ‘being there for others’. These two are not the same. You cannot love people without first loving YOU because it is out of the love within you that you can transfer to others.

Think of Dorcas and what her death at that time would mean for those relying on her. Receivers don’t pray for their givers to die. Anyone who create meaningful existences always upholds the crown of leadership. Some went beyond their comfort zones to create an open theatre and drama classes free of charge for the homeless. Some were forced to established their charities to bring a smile to children admitted in hospitals. These and many more chose to set themselves apart.

The essence of being human is based on the dimensions of choices. R.C. Sproul was not far from the truth when he asked, “Are People Basically Good?” He even said we could not know what it means to be human unless we genuinely appreciate the image of God. The Imago Dei.

Do you still bear the image of God?

Shalom.

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