Scott Held column: Are we our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers?

Scott Held

In such a contentious and polarizing time in human history, it is hard to not get frustrated and angry with injustices you hear and see or with those who hold a completely different belief system than you. It is so easy to feel like you are the victim of “fake news,” lies, or “gaslighting.”

Recently, I was reading through the book of Genesis, which includes the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. After being caught lying and playing the blame game about eating of the fruit of the forbidden tree, Adam and Eve were expulsed from the Garden. God was the first victim of lies from humans. Interesting, but wait; there’s more.

The next chapter, after killing his brother Abel, God asks Cain where his brother is. Cain responds, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Surprise! God was the first victim of gaslighting, too.

While “fake news,” lies, and “gaslighting,” certainly don’t and never have benefit society, what I’d like to focus on today, since it was asked at almost the beginning of creation, is Cain’s question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” A further understanding of this question translated to modern times is,

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