Monday Meditation: Each person is a Whole, but Also a Segment.

Our first Principle is not “Love people,” it is to honor their “worth and dignity”. You can love people in an abstract, universal way. You can only affirm their worth and honor their dignity by acknowledging their individuality.

To honor somebody requires us to hear their whole story, to see them whole and bordered by the wider sky, but also the community. We see them as a complete person.

We also recognize that a person is completed by their relationships. We see them, the individual, as one node in a network of interdependence, part of the systems and structure of our social life together, and history.

The intersection of our acknowledgement of the interdependent web of all existence and our individual and communal commitment to a free and responsible search for truth and meaning is attempting to better understand what it means to be human. We can best do that by learning about the lived experiences of others. Recognizing each person as a vital individual piece of the interdependent web is a tricky proposition, but it is what we should strive for.

And so, let us see that we are only our whole selves, and thus our best selves, when we are in relationships; relationships that challenge us and encourage us, and where we do the same for others.

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