QOTW: Obligations to Your Community

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QOTW: Obligations to Your Community
Sun, 08-02-2009 - 1:30pm
Do you think that as a member of a larger spiritual community that we have an obligation to provide help or services within our larger public community? Christians often tithe to their church, take up donations when their
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Sun, 08-02-2009 - 11:06pm

Personally, although I'm not an active member of an religios community, I tend toward the point of view that we are all obligated to help each other out... It's what makes us "human", KWIM?

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In these economically challenged times, do you think we need a Repair Manifesto?

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Mon, 08-03-2009 - 11:55am
I don't think this should be a strictly religous practice.

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Registered: 07-17-2009
Mon, 08-03-2009 - 1:15pm

I think that if helping out is seen as an obligation, people won't want to do it as much. Like if they're being told at a religious meeting that they HAVE to do it in order to go to heaven or whatever, then it will be seen as a chore rather than something that is good to do.

I think it's better if it is seen as something that is natural and a part of being a compassionate being. That means everyone would participate in the practice of helping regardless of their spirituality.

I feel like I'm rambling...having a hard time saying what I mean, lol.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 08-03-2009 - 10:42pm

If more people felt obligated to help in their community, whether it be church, local school, community, state, country etc,

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Registered: 03-20-2009
Tue, 08-04-2009 - 1:01pm

I like to think that people help each other despite their differing beliefs.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 08-05-2009 - 5:38am

The latter: there is an obligation for everyone to help their fellow humans and society and the planet at large, regardless of race, religion and political views.

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Registered: 01-26-2007
Fri, 08-07-2009 - 4:31pm

I see your point and agree, but...there are many things in our non spiritual community that I don't agree with and would want no part of. I would absolutely not have an obligation to help those parts of community that offend me.


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