Rules of life for Unitarian Universalists
Jordan Peterson made a fortune with his book, 12 Rules For Life. The following is an attempt to capitalize on this psychobabble trend. People love rules. It helps them feel secure thinking they know how to act in socially acceptable ways.
Gone are the days of “Miss Manners,” Ann Landers, and Dear Abby and other manuals and advice columns describing proper etiquette. Maybe this is a reason people nowadays seem to sometimes be so darn rude and socially inept. A person can’t follow the rules if they don’t know what they are. So we offer this advice column to help people navigate the increasingly confusing and often disconcerting situations in life.
These rules and manners where possible will be tied to UU principles so that UUs will be able to practice their faith.
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the acceptance of one another and the encouragement to spiritual growth which is manifested in one’s behavior. Observing and following these rules will make UUs and the world a better place. This effort at self improvement and social improvement does not require special diets or exercise or the practice of any particular religious ritual or ceremony. All it requires is a friendly reminder to others what the rules are when they stray or seem ignorant. Some people nowadays call this “life coaching.” We are all called to be coaches for the betterment of the church and world.
We need to be light hearted and come from a place of humor and curiosity rather from the place of accusation, blame, and judgment. The intent is to include and not exclude by establishing some common understanding about how we should behave in each other’s presence.
“Hi there. I see from your name tag your name is Bob. Listen Bob you’re new here, right? Just visiting? Well, I thought I’d let you know the suit, especially with the white shirt and tie, isn't necessary. People come here in football jerseys, wife beaters, halter tops, whatever. Rule is you can wear anything you want as long as you’re not bringing in lice or bed bugs.”