Here’s a great joke about Umbrian people, but it could be transported to any time and place where neighbors are anything but neighborly…
An Umbrian man finds a magic lamp in his field, and as he’s rubbing it to clean off the soil, a genie appears. “I will grant you one wish,” he says, “anything you want. But I warn you, anything I give to you, to your neighbor I will give double.”
The Umbrian thinks about this for a few days, then finally, unbelievably, he finds a solution he likes. He tells the genie, “I want you to make me blind in one eye.”
Any of us can realize our innate divinity, but there is a price. You have to let God be in everyone else first.
Which of us is ready to be so generous?