Definitions: (1) the desire of an individual to give other points of view a respectful hearing; (2) cooperative unity <especially among churches and religious denominations>; (3) finding the universality within the diversity of an organization; cooperation among divergent groups
Derivation: Greek, “inhabiting the earth”
• In the fellowship of the kingdom there shall be neither Jew nor gentile, rich nor poor, free nor bond, man nor woman. — Jesus of Nazareth (7 bc-30 ad) The Bible, Galatians 3:28
• To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life. — John Burroughs (1837–1921) American naturalist
Comment: This quality is often misunderstood as proselytizing your religion to others. When it is used that way, the other person feels like they are being forced into accepting something which they have not digested yet. The more positive view is to first respect, if not understand, the other’s current grasp of reality, and then offer yours with the hope they can glean some good from it. Reflecting on their corner of reality will also most likely give you some new piece of information to add to your own growing picture. No one has all of the answers. There is always room for improvement.