“The Chief End of Human Existence”
Happy June! For those of you graduating, reporting for active duty in one of the armed services, starting a new job or moving to a new home, congratulations. And for those you who had to drop out of school, are unemployed, underemployed or have given up trying to be employed, I pray that you have a supportive community who will love you through this economically challenging time.
When I do not attend Sunday morning services, I usually spend an hour or so reading my favorite UU theologian, James Luther Adams (JLA). This past Sunday I read an essay titled “The Chief End of Human Existence.” The section of the essay that I really resonated with focused on isolation and its effects on people in community. Not isolation in the sense of being physically alone. JLA refers to isolation with “other people with whom one enjoys nothing significant in common.” That is the type of isolation that causes some people to feel totally alone in the world even when they are surrounded by others. A loneliness that is difficult for one to understand and challenging to explain to others, especially family members.
During the next few weeks, I want you to think about what is significant to you. What holds meaning for you in your life? For example, religion, spirituality, friends, family, faith community, a special place in your neighborhood?