So its the fourth day of Chalica, and in an attempt to get closer to my UU Faith, I’m following along with my own examination of the 7 UU Principles. Today is Day 4, so it’s all about a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
Free means more than just financially free of course. We are free to find our own answers, free of dogma to search for our own truth and meaning.
Responsible though adds a new level to it. Responsible in the eyes of whom exactly? Responsible in our own eyes? Responsible in the eyes of our congregations? And what would qualify as responsible? There’s some judgment implied in this principle – who deems it responsible. Responsible implies, to me, that someone has to deem it ok. Now who is that someone – is it the individual who is doing the searching, or is it society or is it some mysterious panel out there in the wilderness.
I’m assuming it’s responsible in my eyes – responsible so it doesn’t hurt anybody else or harm their own search for truth and meaning.
You know, this principle is still surprisingly nebulous in my mind – I’m not sure what it means. Hmm. Something to ponder over.