THE VIEW FROM MY FRONT PORCH
1. I must be able to see beyond my own lived experiences and understand and receive yours.
2. There are very few absolute Truths. My opinion is not one of them. It may not even be truth, except for me. The same goes for anyone's opinion.
3. I strive to spend more time introspecting and less time otherspecting. Nothing is gained when I have a blind spot about my own biases and prejudices, while having 20/20 vision in seeing others'.
4. Natural laws and rights are a function of the divine spark and order. They are immutable, derived from, and shared by all humanity. Civil laws and rights derive from governments and societies. They differ and change over time and place. At times both the natural and the civil are congruent; at times not. The greater the harmony between the two, the better for humanity.
5. Whenever I believe I am, or my group is the only one, I immediately relegate all others to be “less than.” Whether that is my intent is irrelevant. Onlyism hurts.
6. Some claim superior intelligence and learning. Others are certain they have better values and faith. In reality, all the intelligence, knowledge, values, and faith are worth nothing more than a mess of pottage unless, with humility we each confess our own shortcomings.
7. The most grounded trees are those with the deepest roots in the richest soil through which they draw sustenance, sufficiency, sustainability, and support. Each tree stands or falls alone in the largest forest, depending on how well it is grounded.
8. “Preoccupation with correct thinking . . . reduces the life of faith to sentry duty, a 24/7 task of pacing the ramparts and scanning the horizon to fend off incorrect thinking, in ourselves and others, too engrossed to come inside the halls and enjoy the banquet.” – Peter Enns: The Sin of Certainty.