A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living

Clouds Overhead

– From The Daily Compass

Light and shadow, water and land—sometimes the places of greatest beauty are when opposites meet up.

Have you ever found beauty in a close encounter with something or someone you were opposed to?

I actually have two thoughts on this subject. The first involves my son.  He loves bugs, spiders, scorpions, snakes, and all wiggly things like that. In fact, he is determined to be an entomologist. I love that boy. I used to hate bugs and all creepy crawlies. I never thought I would catch myself in a situation as I did the other day. He saw a small spider in the van. It was a spiderling no doubt. It was the size of a pencil eraser. He looked at it crawling along and said “Look, Mom! Isn’t he so cute?” I looked and I agreed. He was really cute. Instead of freaking out, I just sat there and marveled over how small and innocent this creature was. We sat there for a full two or three minutes just watching him (or her, it was too small to tell). Then, I left it there. I could do with the company anyway.

 

The other involves the UU Principles. Number one on the list is “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Now all the other principles I have agreed with wholeheartedly. But, I always had problems with this one. When I took my UU Class at First Jefferson, I asked about it. I would look at people such as Ted Kaczynski or Jeffrey Dahmer. It is so hard to find their inherent worth and dignity. I have since thought about that. There are things that happen that make those involved so angry. Look at the Sandy Brook shootings. The parents of the victims are so angry. They have every right to be. I was angry and sad when the Twin Towers fell. I have had time to reflect since then. Anger and hatred for those responsible does nothing. Sure there was a sense of joy at Dahmer’s death. But, that did not bring his victims back. It did nothing to heal the parents of those victims. Hurting someone (no matter how “evil” that someone may seem) may make one feel better temporarily. But, in the long run, it would only lead to guilt and self-loathing. Why bring yourself down to his/her level? My minister at the time answered my question thus. He said that those people are still people. They are human beings. They should be treated as such. He mentioned Amnesty International. The goal of this organization is to ensure that all humans are treated humanely. I guess I do agree. If I saw a person in need, I would help them. I wouldn’t stop and get their resume first. I wouldn’t ask if they had committed any crimes. I would just help them. As a UU, I need to look at that person as a human first. After all, we are all in this together. We should all take a lesson from that.

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