The third of the four core values from the initiative WMTN that we will seek to embody:
“Honesty: We will allow people to feel what they are feeling about the election. We will not ask them to hide their satisfaction and joy if their side won, OR their grief and anger if their side lost.”
Maya Angelou: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.”
We strive to be the best human beings we know how to be, until that day when we actually come to live in the awareness that we are NOT human beings. We give every other human being the same latitude.
The second of the four core values from the initiative WMTN that we will seek to embody:
“Humility: We will talk about our own side with the knowledge that our leaders are not perfect and that our current policy solutions are not complete answers to our nation’s complex problems.”
Here I am reminded of four of AA’s 12 steps: 4, 5, 6, 7.
I am not a perfect human being – neither is anyone else I know. As I practice these steps in my own life, I surrender my need to be in control of the Universe, much less any other merely human being. We follow Jesus’s suggestion: “Let he among you who is without sin, cast the first stone.”
The first of the four core values from the initiative WMTN that we will seek to embody especially during this difficult time for our nation:
“Respect: We will talk about our fellow citizens on the other side with respect for their intelligence and good will. We will avoid characterizing them as deserving our disdain or pity.”
Spiritually speaking, there are no others. If we are one, then, what we do to another, we do unto ourselves. The practice of “putting ourselves in another’s shoes” might be as close to experiencing Oneness as many of us can get. We’ll explore why “loving our neighbor as ourselves” is the second great commandment that Jesus gave.