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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:09 PM

MoveOn co-founder: Seeing the divinity in everyone might give our politics a new start

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I’m a secular person. As a co-founder of MoveOn, the political organizing group, I’ve talked for years about how most people want to do good and aim to be kind. I’ve spoken of the need to respect and honor the dignity of all people.
This year I’ve learned an even deeper way to talk about this work, using language from faith communities that are embracing this movement to love our neighbors, even those we don’t agree with...…

Wherever I go, I now talk about seeing the divinity in every person. Words like respect, dignity, kindness are core values that speak deeply to others and me, but they don’t go to the heart as directly as “love thy neighbor.” I may not be a member of any faith community, but seeing the divinity in everyone speaks to me too.

Seeing every person as divine means not dismissing “those people” as racist, elitist, mean-spirited or deluded — a reaction that has become common among people who are passionate about politics. People who see things differently are increasingly identified as bad people. “Why would I talk to them?” I worry that it has become dangerous to be friends with people on the other side: It can lead to having our loyalty to our own team questioned.


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https://religionnews.com/2019/04/24/moveon-founder-seeing-the-divinity-in-everyone-might-give-our-politics-a-new-start/

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Reply MoveOn co-founder: Seeing the divinity in everyone might give our politics a new start (Original post)
guillaumeb Apr 2019 OP
The Velveteen Ocelot Apr 2019 #1
guillaumeb Apr 2019 #2
delisen Apr 2019 #4
MineralMan Apr 2019 #3
guillaumeb Apr 2019 #6
trotsky Apr 2019 #8
guillaumeb Apr 2019 #11
MineralMan Apr 2019 #12
guillaumeb Apr 2019 #13
trotsky Apr 2019 #14
guillaumeb Apr 2019 #15
trotsky Apr 2019 #17
shanny Apr 2019 #5
guillaumeb Apr 2019 #7
Jim__ Apr 2019 #9
guillaumeb Apr 2019 #10
Bretton Garcia Apr 2019 #16
guillaumeb Apr 2019 #18

Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:12 PM

1. An admirable approach, but I'm having a tough time seeing the divinity in Trump.

He's more like a portal into Hell.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:16 PM

2. I understand, but, in my personal view,

Trump's entire persona suggests to me an abused child who never moved past the abuse. While he is tremendously dysfunctional, and abusive to himself and others, he is still a human being, with a spark of the divine in him.

And the same applies to Trump voters. Each of us has that spark.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:51 PM

4. I agree. nt

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 06:51 PM

3. I prefer considering the humanity in every person.

Since the concept of divinity makes no sense to me, I find humanity to be a more universal common ground.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:32 PM

6. Understood, eom

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 10:41 AM

8. This would be far more inclusive. n/t

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Response to trotsky (Reply #8)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 04:14 PM

11. Inclusive? We are all human, so what point is being made?

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 04:19 PM

12. Bring human and considering people's humanity

are not the same thing. I know of no evidence for divinity, but humanity is self-evident. Do you have evidence for divinity? Like gods, it is a term with no evidence to support it. It is an imaginary thing.

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Response to MineralMan (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 04:23 PM

13. So are you arguing that we should respect our fellow humans? eom

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #11)

Mon Apr 29, 2019, 07:46 AM

14. Some people need a reminder.

People who judge others and dispense "eye for an eye" justice as they see fit, for instance.

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Response to trotsky (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 29, 2019, 04:56 PM

15. Do you judge others?

And if so, did this serve as a reminder for you? If it did, I am happy that you found it to be of use.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 07:49 AM

17. Remove the beam from thine own eye, g.

Then you can criticize the mote in others'.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:44 PM

5. Namaste.

 

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Response to shanny (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:32 PM

7. Namaste.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 12:33 PM

9. It's good advice for individuals.

I'm not sure it will have any overall effect on our politics, but it can't hurt.

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Response to Jim__ (Reply #9)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 04:13 PM

10. I agree.

And this is only one way.

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Response to guillaumeb (Original post)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 03:36 AM

16. Or? Seeing divinity in no one, and finding it nowhere,

...could be the beginning of human humility and responsibility.

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Response to Bretton Garcia (Reply #16)

Tue Apr 30, 2019, 12:24 PM

18. Your wish.

But the scientific method of observation and analysis shows a far different picture.

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