Looking Past the Surface

We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect.

We live in a sometimes contentious, polarized world where our opinions on social conduct and beliefs, politics, religion, and just about everything else tend to divide us. Too often we mistake the person for the opinion. On a personal level, it keeps us from engaging in the truly excellent qualities of someone whose behavior or beliefs we don't approve of or agree with. On a group level it's the kind of blindness that leads to war.

In such a world, teaching respect is a growing part of the school curriculum, and is fundamental to the work we do at The Family Foundation School. The 12 Steps are all about looking past the superficial qualities that seem to separate us to the one thing in each of us that is the same: our humanness.

“If only there were evil people somewhere,” wrote Alexander Solzhenitzyn, “insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

We believe respect means acknowledging and honoring the soul in others, letting each person have his or her own experience of it and leaving the job of judging them to a loving God.


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