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Love, self, the other

Description of this motif:

The "neighbour" is a core element of christianity. Unselfishness in relation to other people is accentuated:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.
Matthew 22,37-39

Being a central concept of christianity it marks the difference from the religion of the Old Testament, that law; commands and not least prohibitions, are replaced or supplemented by love.

Example :

The tale has not been translated (by Hersholt) and is therefore quoted in Danish. Further information and links.

Frst naar vi gaae fra Dybet op og sge Landets Kyster,
Os smitter eders glubske Sind, vi de da vor Nste,
Som fordum eders Adelsmnd og de catholske Prste.
De maae og skal Du, det er vist, selv om Du Guld kan grde,
Thi ret paa canibalsk Maneer hist oppe I os de.
Ha! Hvn er sd. – Vi har en Flod som bruser frem med Torden,
Den kaldes Lethe her til Lands og kommer ned fra Jorden;
Der skal Du ned, hver Draabe der har Himmelen forbandet,
Tidt har den nsten druknet os, som dog er vant til Vandet! –

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