This morning I read the Unitarians Agree statement that I posted last night to a group of independent thinkers. They didn’t like it and said that it felt like I was trying to manipulate them and tell them what to think. Personally, I felt that the Unitarians Agree statement was a serious attempt at an open-ended and non-manipulative aspiration, but I am now going to challenge it and rewrite that statement from a point of view that excludes all reference to any kind of individual control, even of one’s own thoughts and actions. Why? I don’t know, but I am taking it as a challenge.
Some people imagine
- —the free exercise of a single human intelligence isn’t an ideal path to a secure future and a group of involved people with opposing world views are more likely to find better solutions to inevitable conflicts.
- —that individuals are too removed from their own invisible thinking processes to ever understand their own convictions and reasons.
- —that to create and maintain an optimal society with minimal suffering that idea needs to be stated as a clear goal that is publicly defined as the ideal.
- —that there needs to be an organized declaration by an acknowledged group that affirms and struggles to minimize suffering.
- —that a deliberate effort is needed to strengthen every individual’s understanding of the highest values of which he can become aware.
- —there is an orderly nature in the Universe and support humanity’s efforts to better understand the natural order.
That statement is an interesting beginning but it is open to revision.