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Am I my brother's keeper?
This was Cain's rhetorical question when, following Cain's murder of Abel, God asked him where his brother was.i But Cain was right.
I am not my brother's keeper. I am not his guardian, his father, his mother, his teacher or his governor. Nor am I his protégée, his son, his daughter, his pupil or his subject.
Some say: 'I am not my brother's keeper, I am my brother'. But this is utter nonsense! We are different in so many ways that it would be wrong to say I am my brother. There is nobody, not a single soul that is like any other person, so how could I say I am my brother for I am not. But I am also not a murderer, a cheat, a thief or a torturer. How could I be a murderer, a cheat, a thief or a torturer when I am his brother?
© Brigitte Franssen 2012