I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.
The idea in today’s lesson seems almost too good to be true, too simple to be believable. Today’s lesson is teaching us that salvation is achieved by giving up attack thoughts of us attacking others and of others attacking us.
Jesus, as He was being crucified, said, and I imagine it laughingly, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Supposing, we all could have that presence of mind all the time? Supposing we thought and said every time we were angry, annoyed, resentful, full of grievance and recimination,” they are not responsible for my unhappiness?” We would feel a peace and joy descend upon us like we have never felt before. We can escape the world we think we see by giving up our attack thoughts.
The sixth principle of Unitarian Universalism involves affirming and promoting the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. In order to pursue and achieve this goal, we must give up our attack thoughts of us attacking others and of others attacking us.