Friday, March 11, 2005

Notes from Aspen - The One who endowed us with Liberty

All week we have struggled with the fact that we live in an increasingly global, diverse and changing world. Creating synergy with others requires finding a common mission and set of values that allows us to collaborate.

The seminar I am attending has very bright, accomplished people around the table, many of whom have no place for faith in their lives. Throughout the week, I expressed the concern that it is not possible to find a universal set of human values solely from within ourselves, because that ultimately leads to narcissism. We love because we first were loved, and the value of individuals is derived from the reality that we are all children of God.

Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic, provided an appropriate admonition to end the week:

"The Declaration of Independence, adopted 218 years ago ..., states that the Creator gave man the right to liberty. It seems man can realize that liberty only if he does not forget the One who endowed him with it."

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