Experience teaches me again and again that achieving wholeness as a human being is not purely a solo endeavor.
Experience teaches me again and again…
… that separateness is the cause of much unnecessary suffering.
… that my life is deeply enriched by enriching the lives of others.
… that the healthy integration of self-interest and concern for others is essential to a life well-lived.
… that the extremes of self-indulgence and self-sacrifice only lead to misery.
… that I feel most deeply human when I matter to others… and matter with others.
… that life is more meaningful, fun, and interesting when I share it with other living creatures.
… that absolute belief in self-reliance and rugged individualism is a form of ignorance… and possibly ingratitude.
… that I am on the right path when my growing freedom and autonomy is balanced by equal measures of responsibility and fellowship.
… that authentic communion with others does not diminish me. Quite the contrary.
… that authentic communion with others does not require me to be something I am not.
… that we are most together as a community when we are most free as individuals.
… that nobody’s uniqueness need be sacrificed for the common good.
… that we are all in the same boat… that we are all alone together… and would all benefit if we allowed our hopes, fears, strengths, and weaknesses to unite us in mutual affection and shared purpose.
… that love of self and love of others need not be mutually exclusive… that, in fact, I love others best by loving myself more, not less.
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