”When true myth rises into consciousness, that is always its message. You must change your life.” – Ursula K. Le guin
Abstract: The purpose of solidarity is to build our movement, and to embody our mutual care and concern for justice. Solidarity works best when we respect each others differing needs and life circumstances, understand that there are many ways of being in solidarity, and co-ordinate our responses. It does not work when we attempt to coerce, shame or inflict guilt upon each other, even subtly. The common life initially rests on the constitutive need for the human beings to be combined to form a community of similar which is also a community of destiny, out of which, as Aristotle wrote it, no man could exist humanly, nor simply to survive. When solidarity requires us to follow our group‘s social moral rules, we usually have non-instrumental reasons to do so as ways of standing in solidarity with others, and this is true even when our rules are not as good as they can be. Solidarity often grounds reasons to follow somewhat defective rules, it also grounds reasons to improve our social moral rules as well in order to bring them more in line with our group‘s ideals or make us more effective at promoting our shared ends, which has lots of limitations to refine oneself and grow. It’s each of our basic needs, duty and the purpose for the art of right living by understanding the natural state of each soul, with compassion, liberty and solidarity within to protect the dignity of our divine life and living as a means for keeping us united as oneness in nature to balance natural health.
The principle of solidarity has its roots in the scriptures. The book of Deuteronomy tells us: Since there will never cease to be some in need on the earth, I therefore command you, “Open your hand to the poor and needy neighbor in your land.” As has already been stated, solidarity is not just about the duties of the rich for the poor, ‘all are responsible for all‘. Both the Interdependence and the responsibility go both ways. It would be a mistake, of course, to focus solely on rich and poor here. ‘All for all’ means what it says. Here lies one aspect of the importance of the principle of solidarity. Intelligence is one of the most divine gift to all human whether he/she is poor or rich which itself a self-responsibility to protect the same by respecting interdependency.The fragmentation of societies and nations has not brought us isolation from the troubles of others. The rise of individualism has not brought us a better class of person. We have been encouraged to think of being ‘fiercely independent’ as being a virtue, and to feel that relying on other people is a weakness. The reality is that we have never been more dependent on more people than we are now in this age of globalization. The virtue of solidarity is quite demanding. Echoing the Golden Rule of the gospels it ‘translates into the willingness to give oneself for the good of one’s neighbor, beyond any individual or particular interest. Mohandas Gandhi recognized this aspect of Jesus’ teaching and applied it to his own situation. As far as he was concerned, Jesus was the first proponent of non-violent resistance. Its value can’t be seen from the cleverness of a theory though. He said, “It shall be proved by persons living it in their lives with utter disregard of the consequences to themselves”. That is true for the importance of solidarity as well, but we have had our example of how effective it is – like Gandhi – from the beginning, from Jesus, himself.
Solidarity is the way in which our diversity becomes our strength, we build our movements and we protect each others lives and rights. Let the give and take be mutual and equal. — By: Rashmi Chandran — read more>>> http://www.globaleducationmagazine.com/solidarity-survival-existence/
First and foremost, human solidarity is founded on mutual respect of each others uniqueness, and a deep sense of appreciation of our common humanity – that we are individuals with intrinsic self-worth, and that we are sisters and brothers within one human family inhabiting planet EARTH, our home and our heritage.
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