Rev. W. Benjamin Boswell:
It’s very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people of another race.
As for what concerns our relations with our fellow humans, the anguish in our neighbors’s soul must break all precept. Our neighbor’s need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end, but love is an end in itself, since God is love.
The underlying message of the Neighborhood is that if somebody cares about you, it’s possible that you’ll care about others. “You are special, and so is your neighbor” – that part is essential: that you’re not the only special person in the world. The person you happen to be with at the moment is loved, too. And when we look for what’s best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does, so in appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something truly sacred.