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“Love your neighbor as yourself”

Love your neighbor as yourself


“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” ‭Mark‬ ‭12:30-31‬

Ask yourself

How many times we have lost our control? How often have we  lose our patience? How frequent have we asked people to leave us alone? I would say it can obvious be seen  in today’s society of individualism. As I can recall, when I arrived and attended a language school in San Francisco, one item in the student handbook stated that in this country you may ask people to leave you alone without offending  them. It doesn’t mean that you hate or don’t like them, but you just want your own space. It is not common to say this in the country where I come from, whenever you say, it means that you are slightly angry at a person who you talk to. So, how can we find love in an individualist society?

Love your neighbor as yourself, who is my neighbor? In this teaching, “neighbor” refers to all humankind,  regardless of their races, social status, and educational backgrounds. Often times, we have to admit that it is very difficult to love someone who you hate. However, we can show our love to others in many ways. For example, respect them the way who they are, giving them a hand whenever they needed it, and offer them any act of kindnesses.

Home is where the heart is

Inform someone

I have learned many things in this country. One time I walked down the street in downtown San Francisco, specifically in the Tenderloin, a place where a person is surrounded by homeless people. Some of them can be aggressive but some are not. A homeless man came towards me and asked for change. I didn’t really want to spoil him by giving him some money. I had offered him food instead. I then handed him a Vietnamese sandwich, but before he grabbed it, he asked if the sandwich was vegetarian since he is vegan. I took it back and gave him an apple instead. I have learned that before offering any kind of food to anyone, I must tell the main ingredients of the food as well because it might offend a receiver. This small act of kindness shows the love of neighbor.

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Giving others a distance

In individualist society, giving others space is also very important. I was standing in line at a Safeway checkout counter; I didn’t realized that I was standing too close behind a black man, until he looked at me and asked me to step backwards. I did what he said. Unfortunately, he started complaining with a very loud voice as if I was a criminal. He still was complaining after his girlfriend finished her payment. It seemed that he wanted to blame me for holding up the line. I looked at him gently, then politely said to him if you are finished with your check out, could you please step forward and leave me alone. He moved immediately without saying any words.  I couldn’t believe that “leave me alone” was a magical and so powerful phrase. Especially, when we say that to someone we don’t know. This lesson has taught me not only to give a distance to others but also politeness in manner. This was another sign of loving thy neighbor.

To sum up, in individualistic cultures it is common to see impatience people.  Sometimes we might misunderstand that these people are so rude when actually they are not. They just simply wanted to protect their own spaces; don’t want to be bothered by people they don’t know. Loving your neighbor as yourself nowadays means you need  to understand others more. Although, we all are the children of God, remember that we were born and raised in different places and in different cultures. In order to love or to be loved, we need to blend in to the new cultures or with the majority, as the phrase says, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”.

 

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Love your neighbor

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” ‭Mark‬ ‭12:30-31‬

How many times we have lost our control? How often have we  lose our patience? How frequent have we asked people to leave us alone? I would say it can obvious be seen  in today’s society of individualism. As I can recall, when I arrived and attended a language school in San Francisco, one item in the student handbook stated that in this country you may ask people to leave you alone without offending  them. It doesn’t mean that you hate or don’t like them, but you just want your own space. It is not common to say this in the country where I come from, whenever you say, it means that you are slightly angry at a person who you talk to. So, how can we find love in an individualist society?

Love your neighbor as yourself, who is my neighbor? In this teaching, “neighbor” refers to all humankind,  regardless of their races, social status, and educational backgrounds. Often times, we have to admit that it is very difficult to love someone who you hate. However, we can show our love to others in many ways. For example, respect them the way who they are, giving them a hand whenever they needed it, and offer them any act of kindnesses.

I have learned many things in this country. One time I walked down the street in downtown San Francisco, specifically in the Tenderloin, a place where a person is surrounded by homeless people. Some of them can be aggressive but some are not. A homeless man came towards me and asked for change. I didn’t really want to spoil him by giving him some money. I had offered him food instead. I then handed him a Vietnamese sandwich, but before he grabbed it, he asked if the sandwich was vegetarian since he is vegan. I took it back and gave him an apple instead. I have learned that before offering any kind of food to anyone, I must tell the main ingredients of the food as well because it might offend a receiver. This small act of kindness shows the love of neighbor.

In individualist society, giving others space is also very important. I was standing in line at a Safeway checkout counter; I didn’t realized that I was standing too close behind a black man, until he looked at me and asked me to step backwards. I did what he said. Unfortunately, he started complaining with a very loud voice as if I was a criminal. He still was complaining after his girlfriend finished her payment. It seemed that he wanted to blame me for holding up the line. I looked at him gently, then politely said to him if you are finished with your check out, could you please step forward and leave me alone. He moved immediately without saying any words.  I couldn’t believe that “leave me alone” was a magical and so powerful phrase. Especially, when we say that to someone we don’t know. This lesson has taught me not only to give a distance to others but also politeness in manner. This was another sign of loving thy neighbor.

To sum up, in individualistic cultures it is common to see impatience people.  Sometimes we might misunderstand that these people are so rude when actually they are not. They just simply wanted to protect their own spaces; don’t want to be bothered by people they don’t know. Loving your neighbor as yourself nowadays means you need  to understand others more. Although, we all are the children of God, remember that we were born and raised in different places and in different cultures. In order to love or to be loved, we need to blend in to the new cultures or with the majority, as the phrase says, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”.

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Final Exam

Love your neighbor

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” ‭Mark‬ ‭12:30-31‬

How many times we have lose our control? How often we have lose our patience. How frequent we have asked people to leave us alone? I would say it can be seen obvious in today society of individualism. As I can recall, when I arrived and attended a language school in San Francisco. One item in the student handbook states that in this country you may ask people to leave you alone without offending to them. It doesn’t mean that you hate or don’t like them but you just want your own space. It is not common to say this in the country where I come from. Whenever you say, it means that you slightly angry at a person who you talk to. So, how can we find love in an individualist society?

Love your neighbor as yourself, who is my neighbor? In this teaching, neighbor refers to all humankind,  regardless of their races, social status, and educational backgrounds. Often times, we have to admit that it is very difficult to love someone who you hate. However, we can show our love to others in many ways. For example, respect them the way who they are, giving them a hand whenever they needed, and offer them any act of kindnesses.

I have learned many things in this country. One time I walked down the street in downtown San Francisco specifically in tenderloin a place where surrounded by homeless people, some of them can be aggressive but some are not. A homeless man came towards me and asked for change. I didn’t really want to spoil him by giving him some money. I had offered him a food instead. I then handed him a Vietnamese sandwich, but before he grabbed. He asked was the sandwich vegetarian since he is vegan. I took it back and gave him an apple instead. I have learned that before offering any kind of food to anyone, I must have told the main ingredients of the food as well because it might offend a receiver. This small act of kindness shows the love of neighbor.

In individualist society, giving other space is also very important. I was standing in line at Safeway checkout counter, I didn’t realized that I was standing behind a black man too close until he looked at me and asked me to step backward. I did what he said. Unfortunately, he started complaining with a very loud voice as if I was a criminal. He still complaining after his girlfriend finished her payment. It seemed that he wanted to hold the line because of my fault. I looked at him gently then politely said to him if you finished with your check out, could you please step forward and leave me alone. He moved immediately without any saying words.  I couldn’t believe that “leave me alone” was a magical and so powerful phrase. Especially, when we say to someone we don’t know. This lesson has taught me not only to give a distance to others but also politeness was mostly won. This was another sign of loving neighbor.

To sum up, in individualistic cultures it is commonly  be seen people with an impatience. Sometimes we might misunderstood that these people are so rude but actually they are not. They just simply wanted to protect their own spaces, don’t want to be bothered by people they don’t know. Loving your neighbor as yourself nowadays need you to understand others more. Although, we all are the children of God, remember that we were born and raised in different places and different cultures. In order to love or to be loved, we need to blend in to the new cultures or to the majority as the phrase says “when in Rome , do as the Romans do”.

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First Draft

Final Exam

Love your neighbor

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” ‭Mark‬ ‭12:30-31‬

How many times we have lost our control? How often we have lost our patience. How frequent we have asked people to leave us alone? I would say it can be seen obvious in today society of individualism. As I can recall, when I arrived and attended a language school in San Francisco. One item in the student handbook states that in this country you may ask people to leave you alone without offending to them. It doesn’t mean that you hate or don’t like them but you just want your own space. It is not common to say this in the country where I come from. Whenever you say, it means that you slightly angry at a person who you talk to. So, how can we find love in an individualist society?

Love your neighbor as yourself, who is my neighbor? In this teaching, neighbor refers to all humankind,  regardless of their races, social status, and educational backgrounds. Often times, we have to admit that it is very difficult to love someone who you hate. However, we can show our love to others in many ways. For example, respect them the way who they are, giving them a hand whenever they needed, and offer them any act of kindnesses.

I have learned many things in this country. One time I walked down the street in downtown San Francisco specifically in tenderloin a place where surrounded by homeless people, some of them can be aggressive but some are not. A homeless man came towards me and asked for change. I didn’t really want to spoil him by giving him some money. I had offered him a food instead. I then handed him a Vietnamese sandwich, but before he grabbed. He asked was the sandwich vegetarian since he is vegan. I took it back and gave him an apple instead. I have learned that before offering any kind of food to anyone, I must have told the main ingredients of the food as well because it might offend a receiver. This small act of kindness shows the love of neighbor.

In individualist society, giving other space is also very important. I was standing in line at Safeway checkout counter, I didn’t realized that I was standing behind a black man too close until he looked at me and asked me to step backward. I did what he said. Unfortunately, he started complaining with a very loud voice as if I was a criminal. He still complaining after his girlfriend finished her payment. It seemed that he wanted to hold the line because of my fault. I looked at him gently then politely said to him if you finished with your check out, could you please step forward and leave me alone. He moved immediately without any saying words.  I couldn’t believe that “leave me alone” was a magical and so powerful phrase. Especially, when we say to someone we don’t know. This lesson has taught me not only to give a distance to others but also politeness was mostly won. This was another sign of loving neighbor.

Final Exam Possible Score Chodvorapan, Dhanasetii
Formatting 10 10
Writing Process 20 20
Topic Choice 10 10
Grammar 10 10
Total 50