Chapter 8 - Grace and “the Other”
“You have to be able to imagine lives that are not yours.”
Wendell Berry
“We are not pro-life simply because we are warding off death.
We are pro-life to the extent that we are men and women for
others, all others, to the extent that no human flesh is a stranger
to us; to the extent that we can touch the hand of another in
love; to the extent that for us there are no “others”. Brennan
When I bought into the idea that my particular
religious herd was fundamentally different from the rest of our
fellow humans, the result was that walls were erected between
me and anyone labeled as “other.” Not only did I have a judge
and jury in my mind ready to condemn myself, they were also
making judgments about all those around me. This mindset led
to suspicion and an inability to fully enjoy and connect with
others. I was too busy sizing them up to determine if they were
in or out. In time and as I entered into relationship with various
people, I began to see the walls that the herd had built around
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