Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Unitarian Universalism in a culture of narcisissim
Christopher Lasch, The Culture of Narcissism
What creates a culture of narcisissim and how does Unitarian Universalism support it or counteract it?
One of my favorite bumper stickers says "You are unique like everyone else."
Unitarian Univeralism values the inherent worth and dignity of every person and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. All individualistic ideas.
We also value justice, equity and compassion in human relations and the interdependent web.
What of the Body of Christ? What of the common welfare? What of universal salvation?
Unitarian Universalism supports a healthy but not a malignant narcisissm the difference being all for one or one for all. UUs are hopefully one for all and not looking for all for one.
Jesus said that the person who would be first will be last and the person who would be last will be first. UUs are for servant leadership. We are called to love one another and to Stand On The Side of Love.
So, I am giving up my unhealthy narcisissm and considering the good of the whole.
John Kennedy said "Ask not what your country can do for you, but you can do for your country." Ronald Reagan said that "Government is not the solution, Government is the problem." Americans no longer seem to believe in the common good, but in every person for him/herself.
UUs are different. We believe in the common good and the inherent worth and dignity of every person, of all of us, of everyone.
Posted by David G. Markham at 11:01 AM