No ONE Decides who I should hate
Recognition of our Individual worth as human beings is essential and right. This recognition can be found in the spiritual notion that we are more than our bodies, a divine spark. We are spiritual beings living a human life for a purpose. Or the constitutional notion that “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Or the moral notion, the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Or the practical notion that since I don’t want my barn burned down, I shouldn’t burn down my neighbors’ barn. Or the causal notion that we all occupy the same planet and what each of us does, will impact others even if we aren’t aware of that impact. So no matter what differences divide us, be they real or imagined, we are all still in the same boat.
Ultimately, it matters not which notion or series of notions you base this commonality on, as the good conduct that necessarily flows from any of them is sufficient to realize a better future for the whole society. Admittedly, some of the notions are loftier than others and would produce an even better attitudinal change. But at the end of the day, the goal is to use our political and economic system to seek the common good by avoiding the conceits and follies of maintaining an empire and creating a stable economy based on the rule of law. If we are able to avoid civil strife and/or a breakup of our union, while building a future for our children, then we will have succeeded. Perfection in ourselves is impossible. But the effort to allow our better angels to shine above our baser instincts is still integral to the effort. Because when we conquer our egos, to become servants for others and not ourselves, the common good can be realized. This personal betterment will engrain within us this core guiding principle of Unity and produce the following fruits.