I Am Because We Are

Rev. David writes:

I read that “coronavirus makes clear what has been true all along. Your health is as safe as that of the worst-insured, worst-cared-for person in your society. It will be decided by the height of the floor, not the ceiling.”

There is a pattern in American life which says that if *you* have enough, that’s what matters. Which says if *you* doggedly do exactly what you want, that’s what’s going to make everyone ok. Which says what matters most is how *you* are doing, and once you’re doing ok, you’re done.

That kind of thinking is about as close to blasphemous as you can get in Unitarian Universalism.

Each of us people of inherent worth and dignity in and of ourselves — and part of an interconnected web of life from which we are not excused to go stand in our corner. “Ubuntu” they say in southern Africa: I am because we are.

As coronavirus becomes pandemic, my resilience is only as good as our resilience. My ability to weather the storm is only as good as ours.

I am because we are.

So wash your hands. Religiously.

And stay home if you’re sick. Religiously.

And give your neighbor your number. And call your elderly friend. And reach out to the people in your life who don’t have people. Religiously.