On good will and charity
December 26, 2010 § 4 Comments
Our family did a tiny bit of the charity work that is traditional around holiday time. It was in association with a charitable entity run by a major religious denomination, despite the fact that my family is unaffiliated with any religious organizations and beliefs.
One of the most amusing parts was the expression of amazement on the part of one of the religion motivated workers that there was at least one similar other charitable operation in town that, gasp, was not even associated with any religion!
At first I chuckle in amusement that the religious are so arrogant, myopic and blind. They simply cannot understand that one might wish to do something nice, helpful or of service to their fellow humans without being motivated by the Fear of God. Or, at least, under instruction from God to do good works. At first this is funny.
Then I start feeling sort of sick. Do these people truly only do things for their fellow humans at the risk of peril to their soul? At the risk of the unending Byzantine varieties of torture associated with their most florid fantasies of Hell? This is the only reason they do good works?