Vision: Beyond Enemy Images
If you were in attendance in August when our Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, talked about where or how we welcome “fascists” you’ve already heard a little about how labeling can get in the way of treating others ethically.
This week, we’ll explore the many ways we create mental images of “enemies” as we judge, classify, and label other people, and reflect on how these images can unconsciously keep us from treating those others as persons of full humanity and worth. Yet it is a natural human tendency to label, classify, and judge, and has sometimes been a means of safety and protection. Even identifying “creating enemy images” as something bad to do creates another level of judgment and labeling, paradoxically!
Our Ethics Matters theme for September is Vision: the practice of intentional imagination and commitment to an envisioned future
11 a.m. is gathering time, to meet and greet one another. We start the formal program at 11:15 and usually end about 12:30. After that, we have a time of informal conversation with some beverages and snacks. Please feel free to bring some snacks to share!
- Jone Johnson LewisLeader
Jone Johnson Lewis serves the Society as Leader (clergyperson). She has been an Ethical Culture Leader since 1991, and has been at Riverdale-Yonkers since 2015. She speaks at the Society once or twice a month, bringing together current issues, personal challenges, and ethical ideas.