Great to hear from you. I love the way you elevate the conversation to a broader yet more meaningful level. Your points are completely valid. Wouldn’t it be nice America valued her citizens because they’re her citizens? Unfortunately, ours is a capitalist society. I think maybe given the context of what America values, pointing out our contributions—while less than ideal—it’s is a good place to start, but it’s in no way the end of the story. Maybe it IS time to change the conversation.
My thinking behind establishing Our Human Family has always to further the point of view you put forth: valuing people because they are people. In the Episcopal Church, we pledge to “respect the dignity of every human being.” Granted, the vast majority of people (myself included) still get it twisted, but the idea points to a concept centuries older than the Episcopal Church: one of Christ’s most fundamental teachings: for us to love one another. The beauty of those three words lies in its unconditional nature, no-strings-attached approach in “choosing” the beloved. Would that America were so.
(Thinking out loud here: Hopefully, our articles point to people’s journeys, who they are, and the experiences that made them who they are. Hm, maybe it’s time to fine tune that raison d’être again.)
Again, thanks for taking time to give the article a read, and the gentle prod tucked inside.