Hi, I am following up on my earlier threat. Don’t say you weren’t warned. They aren’t so bad, in fact I think they mesh very nicely with Christianity. And being respectful of others, which is pretty much what they boil down to.
Here they are, copied straight from the horses mouth:
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
I’m not going to go in depth on each one right now, I’ll take each in a separate post. Each one deserves it’s own. While short, they contain a lot in those few words. So, right now, I will take them as a whole.
When you look at them, a pattern emerges. Like any good religious code, it seeks to show how people in a culture should behave. When you look at the rules in the Bible, you see the same thing. More in-depth and restrictive, but the same idea.
These Principles aren’t required for UUs. They aren’t enforced, nor are they ever required to be believed, espoused, or remembered. I’m not sure how I feel about that. It’s nice that it is that open, but there is no real commonality. I do have to say that the Principles were created from the consensus of what UUs believed at the time. A bit backwards to how it normally works.
Anyway, what do they mean, when taken together? I take them to mean that you should be nice and respectful to others. That includes speaking up when you see something wrong. Making sure our organizations work for us, not the other way around. And that the planet as a whole needs to be protected and cared for. Mother Earth is a person too. Hey, if corporations can be people, so can our home.
Everyone is a person and deserving of respect and life. Life means more than simply the state of being alive, here. It includes being able to live comfortably. Getting your basic needs met. Being treated fairly and justly. What’s funny is that a lot of the same is in the Bible. It doesn’t matter where it comes from, Asatru has the Nine Noble Virtues. Guess what, in the end, they aren’t so different. The ADF, A Druid Fellowship, has a set of nine virtues. They are very similar to the Nine Noble Virtues. And have the same idea at the base, treat others, and yourself, well. Why? Because how can a society function if you don’t? A society is only as strong as it’s weakest member, that’s why you see so much focus on those who lack the ability to be as strong as most in society. Because if we don’t take care of our neighbors, who will?