Many of the ideas offered up by your religions are misplaced. They leave something out – that something is self–empowerment.
They put in its place a God that is all powerful and must be obeyed.
Then they talk about the responsibility to take care of your neighbors and others whom are in some sort of need. Again, this is offered as a duty, and guilt is introduced if you are “better off” than others and fail to give freely.
It is not true that you SHOULD do anything. Yet it is true that your actions and attitudes will impact those with whom you share the planet – you are part of the same whole and that can’t help but be true.
So, to require certain actions that label you a “good” person or, conversely, a “selfish” person is not in your best interests, and not the point. Once you realize the power and control you command in your life – sharing what is good about your life with the rest of those you are a part of is a natural decision.
You do not have to force charity onto a subservient humanity. Just as you do not wash one finger and neglect the other nine, you will not neglect your fellow souls once your own capacity for control over your life is realized.
As you love yourself, you will love all others. As you care for yourself, you will care for all others as yourself.
Your actions can’t help but impact others as you are part of the same organism. Once you accept your own power you will easily extend your thoughts to how you will impact those others; not because of some man-made rule being broken but because as one organism you effect the whole every time.
“Love your neighbor as yourself” is not a command – it is truth. Your neighbor is yourself. As you extend unconditional love in either direction, the other feels it also.