I have been surrounded since birth by religious concepts which are always influencing, or trying to influence, me. These religious ideas have an ancient pedigree and began when God, according to Biblical history, first talked with man. When God called unto Adam, “Where art thou?” he in effect was saying that man has a responsibility to a higher authority. A little later in time, when God asked Cain, “Where is Abel, thy brother?” the responsibility for others and ourselves was clearly indicated. So much of what I believe really gets back to these two principles.
Much later, these responsibilities were stated in a clearer and more forceful way: “And thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind and with all thy strength; and this is the first commandment. And the second is like; namely this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”