RESPECT FOR HUMAN DIGNITY

This value recognizes that no matter one’s perspective, religious or cultural background, or socio- economic status, one’s life is valuable and deserves to be treated with compassion and care. It calls for special attention to vulnerable members of the community who are easily marginalized and whose humanity is easily forgotten. It calls for three levels of response. First it requires treating others with kindness and care. Second, it requires empathy – actively listening to others with a view to understanding their minds and hearts without judgement. And third, it calls for engaging others in respectful dialogue, sharing one’s own experience and perspective with a view to arriving at a broader perspective on the world.

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