Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person

That doesn't sound like such a terrible thing to believe in, does it? Strange then that the body of believers who hold this as a core principle is so ostracized for their church association.

Per Google's define function, inherent means the state of being a fixed characteristic, though not readily apparent (admittedly those neither come form the first entry, nor the same entry).

This first of seven principles implies that every person has worth and dignity, even if it's not readily apparent. Everybody has value, regardless of creed, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, everything that even in today's supposedly civilized world that people are still discriminated over.

(Before I go any further, I do want to emphasize gender as opposed to sex. Sex implies male, female, or neutral, whereas gender cover a far broader spectrum.)

I dearly that I don't have to turn to Google for a definition on one, so I'm just going to go ahead and use my own: all, without exception. Every what? Every person. Everybody without exception, including those listed above. Every person has value even (and sometimes especially) if they don't originally appear to.

By grouping everybody together in such a way, instead of going so far as to list out who everybody is (which for those that uphold this belief, it would be faster to list those that need not apply, as there is nobody that need not apply), we can be assured that nobody is excluded.

Equal but separate is not equal at all. I don't know if anybody said that or if that's just the way it forms in my head, but that's exactly the path that is taken here. To list people or groups of people separately would be to imply that we are not all people and One People. In calling everybody a person, which everybody is a person, brings us all together in one unifying group.

On top of that, nowhere does it say that people who belief differently are excluded, nor are they to be converted over to this particular belief system. They are who they are, and we don't ask them to change themselves or their beliefs in order to stand with us. This body of beliefs supports human rights, humanity's rights, including that to freedom of religion.

I'll be continuing my journey through their core principles in the days to come.