I am my brother’s keeper

Humans have a tendency to be cruel without giving it much thought. Say, for example, someone offers you R200 to down 2L water. Obviously, you’d accept the challenge. But if you were offered R2 to do the same, you’d obviously refuse because there’s not much in it for you. Based on the same principle, we decide who are worth our time and who aren’t


April 28 th, 2015


. We hang out with an elect group of people and those who do not measure up to the standard, are simply not good enough to be seen with. What happened to equality? What happened to being our brother’s keeper? We measure a person’s worth based on material possessions and the status quo, instead of valuing the rich inner world of another. We place too much emphasis on outward appearance and have become blind to true beauty. Social standards dictate that one should uphold a certain image build on what we wear, how we speak and where we hang out. You need to conform to the group’s standard which is in actual fact, extremely boring due to the group’s superficial dynamics.  Instead of trying to become a copy of a popular culture, why not spend time and energy on becoming a better version of your original self? The person you front upon today might just be the hand you’ll need tomorrow.


Our world is very far from being perfect but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still practice kindness. The Golden Rule of life is to treat others the way you’d like to be treated. Be compassionate, smile at strangers and extend a helping hand. What does it mean to be your brother’s keeper? God asked Gain where his brother Abel was. Cain murdered his brother in a fit of jealous rage. Cain answered God, saying: “’I know not; am I my brother’s keeper?” Cain’s response reveals our reactive human nature. There’s an unwillingness to care for and about our ‘brothers’. Our ‘brothers’ are not only our biological family but rather every person we encounter every day. You cannot save the world but you can make a difference in someone’s life. That positive effect will spill over and create a ripple effect. Don’t be scared to make a difference. The smallest things make the biggest difference. We are unaware of, and sometimes oblivious to, the struggles of another. A small act of kindness might just be what someone needed to help them through the day. 



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