Living with the Enemy - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: German

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2008-02-11

Living with the Enemy - Enemy - Netflix

An enemy or a foe is an individual or a group that is verified as forcefully adverse or threatening. The concept of an enemy has been observed to be “basic for both individuals and communities”. The term “enemy” serves the social function of designating a particular entity as a threat, thereby invoking an intense emotional response to that entity. The state of being or having an enemy is enmity, foehood or foeship.

Living with the Enemy - Religious doctrines - Netflix

Virtually all major religions have “similar ideals of love, the same goal of benefiting humanity through spiritual practice, and the same effect of making their followers into better human beings”. It is therefore widely expressed in world religions that enemies should be treated with love, kindness, compassion, and forgiveness. The Book of Exodus states: “If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again. If thou see the ass of him that hateth thee lying under his burden, and thou wouldest forbear to help him, thou shalt surely help with him.” The Book of Proverbs similarly states: “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth and let not thy heart be glad when he stumbleth”, and: “If thine enemy be hungry give him bread to eat, and if he be thirsty give him water to drink. For thus shalt thou heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee”. The Jewish Encyclopedia contends that the opinion that the Old Testament commanded hatred of the enemy derives from a misunderstanding of the Sermon on the Mount, wherein Jesus said: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies and pray for them that persecute you”. The Jewish Encyclopedia also cites passages in the Talmud stating: “If a man finds both a friend and an enemy requiring assistance he should assist his enemy first in order to subdue his evil inclination”, and: “Who is strong? He who converts an enemy into a friend”. The concept of Ahimsa found in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism also captures this sentiment, requiring kindness and non-violence towards all living things on the basis that they all are connected. Indian leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi strongly believed in this principle, stating that “[t]o one who follows this doctrine there is no room for an enemy”.

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