We should always strive for the highest principle. That principle is essentially and of necessity good. If that principle includes some but excludes others, we must look for a higher principle. We ought to live by that principle that takes into account and holds as paramount (and without prejudice) the well-being of the other human being involved. That other human being is our neighbor. Someone actually summed up that principle in five words: "Love your neighbor as yourself." All other principles are mere footnotes to that principle. It is the principle that puts others before self. It is the principle that says no to war, violence, revenge, injustice, bigotry, prejudice, provincialism, exclusivism, and all other constructs that negate the human individual. It is that principle that affirms the humanity of our friends and enemies alike.
[Photo Art by Ric Couchman]