reply to post by antar
it boils down to heart . . . and heart-level will exercised in the direction of redemptive choices and actions.
Personally, I believe my heart and heart-level will are most . . . enhanced, multiplied, because of my relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac,
Jacob, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter et al . . .
That Loving God and loving people makes the main sense and provides the main reason for getting up in the morning, for loving others and loving
I don't think folks who's values are:
"there is no right or wrong" . . . "man is nothing more than a rat, a radish, a pigeon or a rock" have much of a foundation for loving themselves
or others--strangers, or not.
IF AND WHEN there is some sort of philosophical/spiritual foundation then such acts of self-less heroism are more probable.
Others without that as an owned conscious values substrate MAY on occasion do selfless acts. However, at least in the Judeo/Christian founded Western
cultures as well as the Buddhist cultures . . . there is still a cultural norm, ideal, expectation, meme . . . valuing selfless deeds.
Nevertheless, there's tons of selfish greed, abuse, anger etc. afflicting perpetrators and victims alike in our era . . . and the fruit of such will
continue to grow in ugliness.
Acting contrary to the cultural flood of evil currently sweeping the planet is heroic regardless of how small or large such an act may be. And,
personally, the universal law of reaping what we sow is sufficient reason to behave admirably, honorably, . . . self-lessly.
Whether we construe it as "the universe" or God almighty . . . there is a payback . . . more sure than most things in our era.