The “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” referenced in our Principles is our recognition that no one person has all the answers, and that we need to allow people to explore, responsibly, the possibilities and the borders of morality and good will.
We also have, as a Principle agreed to by every Congregation on joining the Unitarian Universalist Association, the responsibility to encourage one another in spiritual growth.
One way to put these two ideas together is that we have a responsibility to encourage each other not to get lazy or overly comfortable in our personal search for truth and meaning. Each of us needs to regularly question our assumptions and beliefs to make sure they still represent our world view and the facts which are available about the Universe.
So, we must remain open to revelation, not just about the universe around us, but also about the thoughts, feelings, biases, and longing inside of us. More over, we must be willing to work on changing those thoughts that no longer serve to help us be our best, and to heal the hurts that we’ve covered up. We have to be willing to look deeply into our own hearts and work to align our goals and efforts with the needs we see in the world so that we are giving our best to both the world and ourselves. We have to be willing to change and adapt as we are exposed to continuing revelation, and let go of those things which no longer move us forward.
“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new skin can come.” ~Joseph Campbell