Day Three Of The 3 Day Quote Challenge: WHAT IS THE DUTY OF MAN?

Helen Keller and Alexander Graham Bell, 1902. (from here)
Helen Keller and Alexander Graham Bell, 1902. (from here)

Day Three Of The 3 Day Quote Challenge

Here is my last post in the little series lafayetteangel encouraged me to start. She posted these rules, and she asked for volunteers.

  • Thank the person nominating you for the challenge.
  • Post a quote on your blog for 3 consecutive days.
  • Invite 3 of your favorite Bloggers to join the challenge.

Again, I thank . Here is what she put up as her third post:Day Three Of The 3 Day Quote Challenge: Care More.

Are you interested in the challenge, then please leave a comment indicating your interest. Otherwise, I will just pick three people I think up to the challenge and hope they will enjoy it.

Do you know your duty, the duty of man?

We are all born to wonder. Why am I here? How did I come to be? For what purpose was I made?

The proud man looks about seeking a Creator. He sees no One. The proud man demands an answer. He hears no reply. Thereupon he decides. “I own myself. I am my own master. I answer to no one.”

The more humble sort also looks about seeking a Creator. He find his “evidence” in Creation itself. He learns from what the Creator has created the character of the Creator, and he marvels.

I understand how it was possible for Spinoza to find deep and sustained happiness when he was excommunicated, poor, despised and suspected alike by Jew and Christian; not that the kind world of men ever treated me so, but that his isolation from the universe of sensuous joys is somewhat analogous to mine. He loved the good for its own sake. Like many great spirits he accepted his place in the world, and confided himself childlike to a higher power, believing that it worked through his hands and predominated in his being. He trusted implicitly, and that is what I do. Deep, solemn optimism, it seems to me, should spring from this firm belief in the presence of God in the individual; not a remote, unapproachable governor of the universe, but a God who is very near every one of us, who is present not only in earth, sea and sky, but also in every pure and noble impulse of our hearts, ‘the source and centre of all minds, their only point of rest.’ (Helen Keller  from here)

That humble sort can even find God within himself (or herself).

Imagine being unable to see, unable to hear. Imagine being so humbled. That was Helen Keller‘s lot in life. Yet somehow she learned to trust in God, and somehow she felt called to serve others.

I believe it is a sacred duty to encourage ourselves and others; to hold the tongue from any unhappy word against God’s world, because no man has any right to complain of a universe which God made good, and which thousands of men have striven to keep good. I believe we should so act that we may draw nearer and more near the age when no man shall live at his ease while another suffers. These are the articles of my faith, and there is yet another on which all depends — to bear this faith above every tempest which overfloods it, and to make it a principal in disaster and through affliction. Optimism is the harmony between man’s spirit and the spirit of God pronouncing His works good. (Helen Keller  from here)

Even though she was blind and unable to hear, Keller sought to honor God and serve His creatures.

What is required of each of us?

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 English Standard Version (ESV)

13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

What is fearing God and keeping His commandments? Is our only purpose to avoid doing evil? Perhaps not. Didn’t Jesus summarize the commandments with these words.

Matthew 22:34-40 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Great Commandment

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”



5 thoughts on “Day Three Of The 3 Day Quote Challenge: WHAT IS THE DUTY OF MAN?

  1. I concur that there is more to life and duty than to just obey the Ten Commandments.
    I also concur that love is the greatest of all virtues.
    However, I have to say, that if everyone obeyed the commandments, it would sure make it a lot easier to love everyone.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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