8. Reciprocity As Our Responsibility

This is the eighth in a series of interviews with Philippe Kiener. These interviews are accompanied by quotes from my new book ‘To Right Every Wrong’, songs and suggestions for meditation, discussion and action.

If you study all religions it’s very clear that we all believe that we should treat our neighbor as ourselves. And in fact, scholars like Peter Singer, who is not religious at all, argues for general reciprocity as the foundation of all morality. And if you’re going to translate the idea of general reciprocity into ordinary language, it means treating our neighbor as ourselves. So this is fundamental to all cultures. We understand we need to treat our neighbor as ourselves. But what does that mean in a world of poverty and violence? Well the Beatitudes actually unpack that in specific and concrete detail, so we understand what that really means for us in a world of poverty and violence.


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