Who wears the “Less Than” label in your world?
The preamble to our constitution begins, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Our constitution is intended to insure that every person has the right to be protected by law from conception to natural death. Unfortunately, we humans will never reach perfection no matter how hard we try to form a “more perfect union.” There will always be: us and them, haves and have-nots, admired and bullied, entitled and persecuted, top dogs and underdogs…
Despite our rhetoric, our attempts to protect underdogs are quite clumsy and not well thought-out, rather like this fellow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHej4ZqZDwo
Could the root of the problem be that we believe the advertising slogans that tell each one of us that we are the center of the universe:
- Because I’m worth it (L’Oreal)
- Have it your way (Burger King)
- The Relentless Pursuit of Perfection (Lexus)
- What can brown do for you? (UPS)
- Try it! You’ll like it! (Alka Seltzer)
Do you agree with the following statements? TRUE or FALSE?
- Every person has the right to be protected by law from conception to natural death.
- We all have purpose and value.
- I believe in “liberty and justice for all.”
Our forefathers based the constitution on the value of personhood: the equality, value, and sacredness of life from conception to natural death. This is not a good match with today’s societal focus on self first, self aggrandizement, self promotion, and “being all that we can be” without regard for those around us.
I believe that each of us is created with purpose and meaning. We are not accidents regardless of how we came into being. In this country, we are said to be equal under the law…except we still have underdogs.
- Men earn more than women who perform the same job.
- A woman’s right to “end a pregnancy” takes precedence over a baby’s life.
- My way or the highway.
Jesus was asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
He replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12)
Laws, rules, doctrines, beliefs…all of these are important for a stable society. But imagine what the world would be like if we could we all put practice Jesus’ LOVE in action. It is this love that brings personhood, that champions underdogs and establishes eqality, liberty, and justice for all.
Who are the underdogs in your life?
If your words and actions elevate your own importance and value over that of others, how can you change them into LOVE?