Last two, then I’ll have to find something else to post about. I’m sure I’ll find something. Wee bit of housekeeping before I move along to dissecting the Sixth Principle, I’m changing from posting on Fridays to posting on Mondays. Seems like that is what is happening anyway, so rather than fight life, I’m going with the flow. I now have a smart phone and it is a blessing. That little thing is keeping me organized. And it does so much to make my life easier and help me learn new things.
The Sixth Principle of the Unitarian Universalists is: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. That is rather large and most likely, unattainable. Rather than being a drawback, it’s size and inability to be attained make it so much more powerful and forceful. Anyone can work towards something easily attained, we do it all the time. This principle on the other hand, calls everyone to be in right relation with everyone else. There are no exceptions, period. Think about that, it’s pretty radical. It always reminds me of the First Principle, the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and the Second, justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Sounds like it’s already been covered, right? No, this is taking it up a level, making it bigger and more forceful.
This Principle is worthless without the First. The First Principle lays the foundation of the Sixth. The First Principle is why there must be justice and liberty for all. If you really respect everyone, it follows that you must want liberty and justice for all and you must treat everyone with compassion. If you want justice, equity, and compassion when you’re dealing with others, then you simply must have respect for everyone.
The difference between the Second and Sixth Principles is one of scope. The Second deals with individuals, where the Sixth is talking about groups. The Sixth follows from the Second like it does from the First. You can’t want liberty and justice for all if you don’t want justice and equity for everyone. If you do want justice and equity for everyone and you want to see everyone treated with compassion, liberty and justice for all flows from those.
Let’s break this down some. Justice for all. This is something Christians really ought to be trying to bring about. There are numerous calls in the Bible for justice. It’s easy to be cynical about that, but the Bible calls for justice for everyone. And this is in the Old Testament, with the God who strikes people down and destroys cities. Yet, there it is. Justice is holding people accountable for their actions.
Liberty for all. That sounds big and impossible. This is because you are holding people accountable. If they aren’t free to choose their actions, then they cannot be held accountable for them. Everyone, regardless of who they are, must be given the freedom to become who they are without apology. Even if don’t like who they are, you must still allow them to be who they are.
Now for the biggest one of all, world peace. This is one we’ll likely never see, yet is very important. World peace will only be achieved by treating everyone with compassion and equity and seeking freedom and justice for all. No other way will lead to a stable peace. Even though we’ll never actually get there, it is important to try. Each step closer to world peace means fewer people being killed and maimed, fewer people who have invisible scars, and more resources available for the health and welfare of the people of earth.