From a secular perspective, 'love thy neighbor' would be both a philosophy and strategy. From the perspective a Christian, it's the philosophy applied to everything a Christian does.
The concept of 'love thy neighbor' can be best described today as collaboration, cooperation, and altruism. It's a concept anchored in mutual benefit or in the case of altruism - it's unconditional giving.
Love thy neighbor has been proven to be the greatest equalizer of Man's intuitive capability. It actually defeated Game Theory.
Game Theory is the branch of mathematics concerned with the analysis of strategies for dealing with competitive situations where the outcome of a participant's choice of action depends critically on the actions of other participants. Game Theory has been applied to contexts in war, business, biology, and economics.
John Nash created Nash's Equilibrium in 1951, better known as Game Theory, yet four years later the zero-sum game proof was dis-proven under the conditions of collaboration, cooperation, altruism, and non-participation. Gandhi proved non-participation against the British!
When applied to economy, the rules of the game and the laws we must abide, influence our decisions to assure an outcome; whether it's tax collection, preventing harm, or other desired outcomes. It's mostly used to game the residents of civil communities where the house always wins. The economy is based on zero-sum gaming against the knowledge and will of The People.
Perspective is important. Economists who model the rules call actors who comply with their rules as "rational actors," yet those who do not comply are called "irrational actors." From a Christian's perspective, the irrational actor is actually rational. This is an example of language duplicity and relative perspective. Game Theory is immoral and anti-human.
When the rules constrict the actors too much, the actors refuse to follow the rules. Which is why the rules are changed to shift the Overton window slowly without rebuke; it's a method of inducing mass-manufactured consent over time. The Overton window is the range of policies politically acceptable to the mainstream population at a given time. It is also known as the window of discourse. Yet, no matter what the rules are, as we The people apply 'love thy neighbor' to our everyday lives, the rules can be made irrelevant.
For example, in 2011 the city of Orlando FL passed a law against feeding the homeless. That was their solution to their homeless problem, hoping to make them someone else's problem by coercive relocation. The law is unlawful; it may have been made legal, but it is unlawful. Sometimes laws and policy are enacted that are outside of enforceable jurisdiction – they overstep their bounds. If a group of people decided to overturn the policy, they could process redress by lawsuit, permission, or publicity demand. The greater the numbers and publicity will yield faster results. Timely efficacy requires more people to care about their community or else these types of laws progressively expand without notice.
The moral of the story is, not all laws are just and the power of government rests with The People. Love thy neighbor can be used in every instance of our lives and will overcome all harm to our families and community and return justice to growing injustice. We must remain vigilant and mindful of that Overton window and maintain awareness of popularity and what's gaining acceptance in political discourse.
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