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February 22, 2014

On the Go: Rainbow connection to principles that I follow

During the fall, I had an assignment at school to write a Mad-Lib style poem about where I am from. In the section for religious beliefs, I wrote about sleeping in on Sundays and the rainbow principles. 

My lack of motivation to get out of bed in the early morning is self-explanatory, but the rainbow principles puzzle some people. Most religions have a sort of to-do and to-not-do list. Basically what they believe is the definition of a good person. I explained the role of the principles to my teacher. 

She suggested I liken the rainbow principles to the 10 Commandments for easier recognition with my readers. That’s what Google is for. I shouldn’t be expected to align myself with a majority religion just so people know what I’m talking about. 

Unitarian Universalism is making the big leagues now. It was included as an option on the PSATs I took in the fall. For all other tests, I’ve always had to check the “other” box. 

There are different wordings from different sources, but I can only match the principle to the color if I use the version with corresponding letters, like this: 

Red: Respecting other people. Also referred to as the inherent worth and dignity of every person. I’d personally extend this to animals and all living things. But “all” is a powerful word. What about the dignity of most people? I’ve wrestled with this one. I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two kinds of worth; existential worth and earned worth. At birth we all have potential and worth. That is a given. Then we grow up and earn or lose worth. There are people like Ghandi or Malala, and everyday heroes that have earned a lot of worth. Then there are pedophiles and dictators that only have broken shards of worth. But I don’t think they should be tortured or abused. That’s where their inherent worth comes in. I believe everyone has worth; but some people have more or less worth than others.

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