“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity” – Simone Weil.
Whether you are familiar with Christianity or not, you’re likely familiar with the parable of the good Samaritan from the book of Luke.
In it Jesus explains again in the most oblique way what it is to be a good Christian (well, Jew, I suppose since there were no “Christians” at the time.)
The story goes like this: a guy is beaten, robbed and left on the side of the road and all the fine, upstanding citizens of the day pass the victim leaving him to presumably die.
Except for this Samaritan guy.
But, according to Jesus’ story, this is exactly what happens.
At the end of the story, Jesus asks his listeners to then go out and follow the example of the Samaritan.