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Each day what has been written to answer the question of what UU’s seek seems good, and yet when I read it the next day it isn’t quite right. So I rewrite the whole thing. The fourth item has been a problem because it seeks to acknowledge the limits of our own self-observation, but it is too complex and negative and needs a total revision.

To help me track my own thoughts and changes to the text I have been putting (brackets) around the changes, with strikethroughs for deleted words followed by a more desirable word, usually within the brackets. Below is yesterday’s final version, … which it clearly isn’t because it isn’t clear enough. Below that is a newer effort and below that is clear copy of the changes.


Attempt #6

We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover the orderly nature of the Universe so we may be in greater harmony with what it offers us.
  2. —minimize all suffering and to enhance human health and abundance.
  3. —create and maintain a well-balanced society so everyone may live within a sustainable world.
  4. —acknowledge that we as individuals are too removed from our own invisible thinking processes to ever fully understand our own convictions and reasons.
  5. —acknowledge that we as a group of involved, informed people with conflicting views are more likely to find solutions to conflicts than an isolated individual.
  6. —make a deliberate effort to strengthen every individual’s understanding of the highest values of which they can become aware of and make real.

Attempt #7 which is a rewrite of the previous attempt.

We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover the orderly nature of the Universe so we may be in (greater a more sustainable) harmony with (the options what it offers to) us.
  2. —minimize all suffering and to enhance human (happiness,) health and (abundance wisdom).
  3. —create and maintain a well-balanced society so everyone may live within a(n appealing, and) sustainable world.
  4. acknowledge that we as individuals are too removed from our own invisible thinking processes to ever fully understand our own convictions and reasons. (acknowledge our personal limitations and choose to develop our positive responses to other beings’ needs.)
  5. —acknowledge that we as an interacting group of (involved, informed) people with (conflicting different) views are more likely to find (solutions to conflicts mutually beneficial opportunities) than we will as (a isolated solitary) individuals.
  6. —make a deliberate effort to strengthen every individual’s (moral personality understanding of the highest values of which they can become aware of and help it to become a part of their daily lives.)

Attempt #7 is written in a final form

We Unitarian Universalists seek to:

  1. —discover the orderly nature of the Universe, so we may be in a more sustainable harmony with the options it offers to us.
  2. —minimize all suffering and to enhance human happiness, health, and wisdom.
  3. —create and maintain a well-balanced society so everyone may live within an appealing and sustainable world.
  4. —acknowledge our personal limitations and choose to develop our positive responses to other beings’ needs.
  5. —acknowledge that we as an interacting group of people with different views are more likely to discover mutually beneficial opportunities than we will find as solitary individuals.
  6. —make a deliberate effort to strengthen every person’s moral personality and help it to become a part of their daily lives.

This is getting better to my way of thinking, but what will tomorrow bring?

Suggestions are welcome.