Presenter: Mike Walker
Hate has no home here but are we talking it or living it?
Over the last year, Mike Walker has trained to become a Master Naturalist in the state of Virginia. He found much of this training consistent with our Unitarian Universalist 7th principle: Respect for the interdependent web of life. A particular area of interest for Mike has been the study of ants — and what they can teach us about social life and service to community, and whether to follow the path of other members of their colony. Do we stay on the path that other people are on? Mike asks how ready we are as Unitarians to explore other points of view, particularly we believe other views are wrong. ICU means interest, curiosity and understanding. Mike asks what can we learn if we engage using ICU with those holding other points of view. Reducing issues to all or nothing choices doesn’t serve us well. The goal in the ICU is to be open. Can we listen for the stories of others? You and I have the potential to foster civility. In nature diversity is the key to stability. Hate should never have a home in our hearts.