I Appeal to You
... through Bertha Dudde -20.9.1955
Social contributions....How often do you humans rely on the fact that you will receive help,and how often is it possible for you to offer it in turn, for no-one can rely onhimself alone, everyone needs the help of his fellow human beings, just aseveryone gets into situations to help another person. Yet people endeavourto achieve complete independence from their neighbours and also to ridthemselves from giving help.... They try to
regulate what should bea
service of help, and everyone tries to derive the greatest possible benefit for himself again from this regulation.... What would be extremelyhighly valued for every individual person's soul as unselfish neighbourlylove is changed into an involuntary duty, and there is no benefit for the soulas long as all voluntary activity of love is excluded.According to human estimation all earthly hardship could be avertedfrom people in this way, and this is no doubt also the intention of those whofeel responsible for people's serious difficulties since they cannot beconcealed and burden the latter.... And as long as unkindness prevailsamongst humanity even these endeavours are a blessing in as much aspeople will not perish in misery.... Nevertheless, it
low level, for this requires activity of unselfish neighbourlylove.... People have to be touched by other people's hardship to kindle thelove in them.... There has to be the kind of adversity amongst people thatwill stimulate a kind-hearted person into actions of love.... Help can berendered in every respect to a fellow human being through words ofcomfort, through caring sympathy, through active assistance.... Yet humanlife, above all, relates to the overcoming of matter.... the transformation ofselfish love into selfless neighbourly love.