Friday, May 9, 2008

Reflections: Think Pink

As translated from the sixth chapter of Luke by Richmond Lattimore, a partial, but fundamental, rationale for a progressive social contract:

Woe when all men speak well of you, for in the same way their fathers treated the false prophets.
But I say to you who hear me, love your enemies, do well by those who hate you, praise those who curse you, pray for those who revile you. When one strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other; if one seizes your coat, do not keep him from taking your shirt also. Give to any who asks you and from him who takes what is yours ask for nothing back. And as you wish men to do by you, so do by them. And if you love those who love you, what thanks do you have? For even the sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you hope for a return, what thanks do you have? Even sinners lend to sinners so they may get an equal return. But love your enemies and do good and lend without hope of return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Highest, because he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be compassionate as your father is compassionate; and do not judge, and you shall not be judged; and do not condemn, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given you. They will pour into your lap good measure, pressed down, shaken down, running over. For by the measure by which you measured it will be measured back to you.

And a few verses prior to this, we have read:

But woe to you who are rich, because you have had all your consolation.

It is necessary to equate the outside with the inside; to end discrimination rooted in self-love; to see that no-thing in isolation partakes of Reality: Peter’s poverty is Paul’s debt.

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