“he praised them for their standards of humanity, care, and dignity”
synonyms: compassion, brotherly love, fraternity, fellow feeling, philanthropy,humaneness, kindness, consideration, understanding, sympathy,tolerance; More
I was thinking today about people who go to church regularly (hahah religiously) vs people who are spiritual and in some cases quite religious but do not go to church regularly. It was a long convoluted process that made me realize that I do not know anyone that goes to church regularly that has reached out to offer help to anyone other than people in their church. I am certainly not saying this is true for everyone, only for my tiny little corner of the known population, and my limited experience with them.
It made me start wondering and trying to come up with reasons. It seems to me that regular church going folk have a social life that revolves around their church. If someone in that church needed help, they would likely reach out to other people in the church. Also if someone knew that someone in the church needed help they would most likely tell other people in the church and reach out to other people, in the church. So perhaps it’s not that regular church attendance means you are less likely to help out your fellow man, it just means that you’ve used it all up on the people in your own social circle.
People who believe in the importance of helping other people, but who do not regularly attend church would need to find another outlet. I think perhaps they would be far more likely to offer to help work friends, casual acquaintances, etc, than their church going counter-parts.
There was a point today at the beginning of this thought process when I thought perhaps people who go to church regularly for some reason just didn’t have the same level of compassion and didn’t reach out to people who needed help but now I think I rushed to judgement. I wonder if I was a religious person and attended a church regularly if I would get offers of help from them. I bet I would.
2. humaneness; benevolence.