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Dignity: The Heart of God

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
—Matthew 7:12
Like Hillel before him, Yeshua (Jesus) summarized all the Law of God, often said to contain 613 commandments, into a single sentence. But I want to take this one step further and condense it into three syllables: Dignity.

Our culture doesn't talk a lot about honor, but it's still a fundamental value in our interactions. We aren't as transparent in our honor code as, say, the Japanese, but we all want to be treated with respect. We all care what others think of us, and no one wants to put himself in a position where his dignity is on the line. This sort of timid pride causes us to treat each other with less dignity. We expect them to acknowledge our value, but we resist showing the same courtesy in return for risk of appearing foolish. And when we do outwardly humble ourselves in front of others, it is nearly always in order to gain favor with them, not b…