Recently, this great question was posed in a group discussion – Where in your life are you making people objects instead of subjects?
Great question, isn’t it? Definitely worth thinking about.
I popped into a store this morning to say hi to the owner. Shortly into the conversation, the owner asked me a question and as I began to answer, she took her eyes off me, turned away and continued doing whatever she was doing. I became an object.
When we stereotype and paint a people group with a broad stroke, people become objects.
When we step over the homeless while walking downtown, people become objects.
When we gossip, assume, dismiss and use people for our betterment, people become objects.
When we discriminate, people become objects.
But when we love, people are subjects. Cared for. Paid attention to. Cherished. Understood.
When we love, everyone is worth our attention, our eye contact, our ears and our time.
Goodness is about character, integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people. Dennis Prager
Love does no harm to a neighbour. Romans 13.10
Whenever you paint with a broad stroke, you’re wrong.