An agenda for loving

What's really the most important priority we have?

Have you ever considered what a difference you could make in the world if you started every list of "things to do" with "love more"—and then faithfully did it? But this couldn't be done through a sense of love that is constantly selective, bestowing itself on this one or that one but not on someone else. It needs to include everyone.

I hadn't thought specifically about the vital importance to the world of my own expression of deeper, wider-ranging, less personally oriented care and attention until I read An Agenda for the 21st Century, a series of interviews from The Christian Science Monitor by Rushworth M. Kidder. After distilling the observations of twenty-two thinkers from many walks of life whose perceptions of world problems make up this book, Mr. Kidder leaves the reader with this hopeful—but gravely searching—conclusion: Whether we make the next century "an age worth inhabiting" depends mostly on us, on "individuals everywhere ... building within themselves a sounder society from the ground up." An Agenda for the 21st Century (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1987), p. 205 . It will, he indicates, demand developing more trustworthiness and compassion; acknowledging every person's innate dignity and worth; and consistently striving to uplift one's personal values and standards.

"Ye are of God, little children"
December 4, 1989

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