What are you doing for others?

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Deolu Akinyemi

Different scientists, thinkers, philosophers, and world leaders shared interesting similar perspectives about the duty of human beings to serve other human beings. Almost all leaders are thinkers are united in agreeing that service to humanity is a fundamental reason for our existence.

Aristotle – the ancient Greek philosopher, believed that human beings are social animals who thrive in communities and that the highest form of human happiness is achieved through contributing to the greater good of society.

Mahatma Gandhi – the Indian independence leader and political activist, believed in the power of service to others as a means of achieving social and political change. He famously said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Mother Teresa – the Catholic nun and humanitarian, spent her life serving the poor and sick in India and believed that service to others was a way of expressing one’s love for God.

Albert Schweitzer – the German-French philosopher, physician, and humanitarian, believed that the purpose of human life was to serve others and that each individual had a moral obligation to use their talents and abilities to help those in need.

A very notable personality who actually captures the essence of the question above is Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent civil rights activist and leader who had a significant impact on the United States and the world. He believed that the most important question in life was “What are you doing for others?” and he saw service to others as a fundamental aspect of human existence.

King believed that we are all interconnected and that our lives are most meaningful when we are helping others and making a positive impact on the world. He argued that true happiness and fulfilment can only be achieved when we are using our talents and abilities to improve the lives of those around us.

In his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, King stated that “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” He called on individuals to work towards a world where all people are treated with dignity and respect and where everyone has the opportunity to live up to their full potential.

King’s message of service to others has continued to inspire people around the world to this day. His legacy serves as a reminder that each of us has the power to make a difference in the world and that our lives can be most meaningful when we are working towards a common goal of justice and equality for all.

To live us with no doubt about the importance of this question, we have the words of Jesus to further establish that this may indeed be the most important question in the world.

“Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39)

“If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)

“The greatest among you will be your servant.” (Matthew 23:11)

“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave.” (Matthew 20:26-27)

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)

“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:13-14)

These quotes illustrate Jesus’ belief that serving others is not only a moral obligation but also a means of demonstrating love for God and for one’s fellow human beings. Jesus saw service as a way of embodying the values of compassion, humility, and selflessness, and he encouraged his followers to live their lives in accordance with these principles.

So…” what are you doing for others?”

Please also, tell me, what can I do for you?


Kind Regards,

Adeolu Akinyemi.

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