We don’t just have a sociological problem; we have a moral problem. We all create a shared moral ecology through the daily decisions of our lives. When we stereotype, abuse, impugn motives and lie about each other, we’ve ripped the social fabric and encouraged more ugliness. When we love across boundaries, listen patiently, see deeply and make someone feel known, we’ve woven it and reinforced generosity. As Charles Péguy said, “The revolution is moral or not at all.”
May we remember that we are all one.
Are there ways in which you enable the social fabric to be ripped? How can you help to reweave it?
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.
You are never alone. You are eternally connected with everyone.
Pit race against race, religion against religion,prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.
We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.
Even the weak become strong when they are united.
Johann von Schiller
Men’s hearts ought not to be set against one another, but set with one another, and all against evil only.
Most good relationships are built on mutual trust and respect.
Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.
Where ever the spirit of Christ is known, there is much of good will, of mutual respect, of love and appreciation and kindness.
Gordon B. Hinckley
If people work together in an open way with porous boundaries – that is, if they listen to each other and really talk to each other – then they are bound to trade ideas that are mutual to each other and be influenced by each other. That mutual influence and open system of working creates collaboration.
It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.
John Joseph Powell
We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.
The people when rightly and fully trusted will return the trust.
When people honor each other, there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence, and deep respect. Both parties make decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.
When the trust account is high, communication is easy, instant, and effective.
Stephen R. Covey