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Last Sunday, Rabbi Brian was on Canadian Public Radio’s Tapestry with Mary Hynes.
(It was great.)
From the desk of Dr. Laurence C. Keene
Being Principled or Being Loving?
Dear Lord, I met a highly principled person the other day. He told me that his principles would not allow him to associate with certain kinds of people nor would they permit him to follow his friends into certain disrespectful places.
He made it very clear to me that his principles came first to him even if other people were hurt or injured by his decisions. He was clearly a very principled person.
But, O God, are principles more important than people? In the name of some exalted principle are we permitted to bring the sky of pain and injury down on others? If it comes down to a choice between holding on to a principle or responding to someone’s deep and important need must we sacrifice the person in favor of the principle? God, something deep within me tells me that loving people is profoundly more important than loving principles. That loving people is the ultimate principle. Help me, O God, to keep this distinction clear in my mind. I think I would rather be guilty of being a little less principled than being a whole lot less loving.