A person has many virtues: kindness, generosity, sympathy, the ability to compassion and love, and many others. And they are all based on man’s love for man. And there is still such a spiritual quality, as charity. And it is also aimed at proving that the unfair Latin winged expression “Man is a wolf to man.” But it seems to me that it is charity to exercise the hardest. In order to be merciful, one must be able to forgive. You have to be a sincere humanist. Because initially charity was a manifestation of generosity towards the defeated enemy. And now, in my opinion, charity is a manifestation of generosity towards someone who does not want to show it.
It is easy to sympathize with the grandmother in the subway crossing, putting a few coins in her outstretched palm. It’s easy to seem generous, to buy a younger sister is not ordinary lollipops, but chocolate candies. It’s easy to be kind, helping a young mother carry a wheelchair to the seventh floor. And how difficult it is to keep from not “finishing off”, not destroying, not demoralizing a completely defeated enemy. And more: my grandmother will wish health in gratitude for alms, the little sister will kiss her cheek with sticky lips from chocolate, the young mother will warmly thank you for your help. After all, good is often the answer to good. Only the enemy for charity is unlikely to thank. Or maybe he will hate who knows.
It is difficult to help someone with whom you are in bad relationships, but who really needs your help or condescension. Sometimes it is unbearably difficult to be merciful. And, of course, this is not for everyone. And it even seems to me – only the chosen one.