Wednesday Quote: Neighbors

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Statue of Kierkegaard, photo by Arne List
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“. . . love your neighbour!  As already shown, you can easily find him; him you can never lose.  The beloved can treat you in such a way that he is lost to you, and you can lose a friend, but whatever a neighbour does to you, you can never lose him . . . it is not your neighbour who holds you fastit is your love which holds your neighbour fast.”

This is from Soren Kierkegaard’s analysis of “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” in his Works of Love (transl. Howard and Edna Hong).  I’d not fully realized the simple profoundness of this commandment before reading this book a couple of years ago.  Though it’s a tough one to peruse, there’s many such great quotes in Works of Love.