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Chapter 168 - Simon's talk on rebukes out of self-love.

168,1. After half an hour our large company became more animated and Simon began to make his rather witty jokes. Gabi, a more serious young man about twenty years old, plucked at his sleeve quite often to stop him going too far.

168,2. But Simon said: “Who was it that once plucked at David’s sleeve when he danced along in front of the Ark in an exuberant way? His wife advised him to be restrained and to moderate his show of great joy but David did not take any notice! Look here, I too do not care if you try to correct me and I will, on the contrary, just become more cheerful! Please do not pluck at my arm any more, otherwise I will respond by plucking at yours in the same way!

168,3. Look, the Lord is seated over there and He alone is now our mentor! What do we sinners have in mind when we wish to correct each other so much? It is because each of us corrects his fellow men mainly driven by his own self-love! The curmudgeon counsels his fellow-man to be moderate, sober and thrifty and has his moralising comments on the tip of his tongue. Why does he do it? He is afraid that someone might become poor and that he, as a wealthy person might be obliged to support him - not out of neighbourly love, but because of some shameful duty.

168,4. Another person who can not walk quickly will use precise medical terms to explain to his companions the harmful effects of walking too fast. Someone else who does not enjoy excessive heat, will expound the advantages of shade. A wine drinker will not seriously recommend that his friends should drink water. A young man, or even a somewhat older man who has his eye on a certain young girl, will always preach to her the dangers of going out with men and similarly warn other men of the noble and moral reasons why they should not associate spontaneously with the opposite sex. In warnings like these there is certainly clear evidence of a good measure of self-love?!

168,5. Until now I have always said quite openly, when these frequent admonitions are put forward, there is always an element of self-love to be found in the attitude of the speaker and this is a factor that no complainant, if he thinks a little about it himself, can conceal. Whatever strikes him as unpleasant in the behaviour pattern will be the subject of a warning to his fellow-man which is always backed up by all kinds of reasons with a high moral tone.

168,6. If someone is in love with a young girl, he will soon lovingly but earnestly warn her to shun other men who might also, as occasionally happens, be keeping an eye on her. Why does he not warn every other young girl about the wickedness of other men? Because his self-love plays no part in the world of the other girls!

168,7. By listening to the different types of warning and admonition which people put forward to each other, I can precisely determine the weaknesses in their characters!

168,8. It was not in vain that our Divine Master on the mountain made the wonderful, very appropriate remark to the uninvited mentors that they should not lightly tell their neighbour: ‘Come my friend, and let me remove the splinter from your eye!’ They should first of all carefully check that they have no massive beam in their own eyes! It is only if they were to take the trouble to remove that beam that they would earn the right to ask the neighbour if it would be agreeable to him to have the little splinter removed from his eye as well!

168,9. You see, my friend Gabi, this is also a moral standard which I do not of course wish to impose on you forcefully in the way you wish to admonish me, although I am almost completely sure that there is very little in it that is untrue!

168,10. I have spoken enough and will now turn my attention again to a fish! In the mean time you, my friend Gabi, can loosen the reins on your preacher’s tongue! However, please spare me the wisdom of Solomon; as neither of us has any hair on our milk-teeth! We must both be pleased that we are consciously still alive and Solomon should be left in peace as a good man! His Song of Songs should be sung by whoever wishes to sing it and hopefully our voices will never reach that exalted height on dear mother earth!”

168,11. Gabi looks a little annoyed by Simon’s stinging remarks about Solomon, but nevertheless he remains silent purely because of his respect for Me.

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