Reflections on The Fifth Principle through Poetry and Song

In our religious lives, the democratic process requires trust in the development of each individual conscience—a belief that such development is possible for each of us, as well as a commitment to cultivate our own conscience. We could call it a commitment to the value of each person. In the words of Theodore Parker, “Democracy means not “I am as good as you are,” but “You are as good as I am.” My connection with the sacred is only as precious as my willingness to acknowledge the same connection in others.