In support of a viable global spirituality for our times, I am devoting this blog to what I call “the AND principles.” These principles describe how two contrasting viewpoints—commonly referred to as differing values or issues—can be unified by the pursuit of “what’s in the best interest of all.” For example, an important topic of today, like liberal versus conservative, is not just a simple contest between two opposing forces.
If differing principles come with coherent philosophies, generally-accepted moralities and long-term considerations for the future, then these different perspectives can be examined, modified, bargained and conceded. (Please note: we are not talking about “evil” here.) But too often, the media turns the typical contest between contrasting principles into a show.
What they are overlooking is the fact that we all have the ability to examine and evaluate different points of view. I say we need to move beyond attention-grabbing contests, beyond arguing about what is best for “me and my people.” We need to be looking at what is best for “all of us.” Our continued use of our planet’s resources is going to demand it. (4/24)