The parable of the good Samaritan taught to us by Jesus Christ demonstrates how to be a good neighbor. Jesus told the story when asked, “And who is my neighbor?”
The biblical story talks about a traveler stripped of his clothes, beaten to death and left alongside the road. A priest came by, then a Levite. Both avoided the man. Then a Samaritan passed by. Jews and Samaritans hated each other, but the Samaritan helped the injured man, and this is the story that inspired Jacob Crocker of St Louis to start Jacob Crocker St. Louis Samaritan.
The Samaritan is the good neighbor, even if he was a stranger to the man he helped, and that they did not live near each other.
Neighborhoods have changed. Gone are the days when neighbors knew everyone who lived around, hosted parties, enjoyed socializing and looked after one another. People would bring baskets of fruits or sandwiches to the new couple who just moved into their community. At times, they volunteered to help with a project.
A friendly lady would stop by to have coffee with her neighbors. A young guy would help an elderly walking along the street. Neighbors would share things like garden equipment and carpentry tools so they do not need to buy expensive items they would not often use.
There are various types of people in a neighborhood. Some are more open to socializing and parties. Others prefer to stay at home. The latter are not bad people. They are just uninviting and not warm as they may have loads of responsibilities or demanding jobs.
A good neighbor is a friendly, kind and respectful person who is willing to help anyone who needs it. One whose goal is to maintain harmony and peace in the community. It may not be always possible, but it can prevent hard feelings and hostilities.
A good neighbor or Samaritan respects basic and simple rules, such as not making so much noise. If you live in an apartment building, do not shout to someone who is at the other end of the hall. Wait until the next day to hammer in a nail on a common wall. Avoid mowing your early morning while everyone is still asleep. It is as simple as following the golden rule of not doing what you would not love others to do to you.