A part of every individual and culture says, “The truth is that all ways up the mountain are equally valid.” Often called ‘relativism,’ this part seems very open-minded, kind and accepting.
Another part of every individual and culture says, “The truth is that only one way up the mountain is valid.” Often called ‘moralism,’ this part seems very close-minded, judgmental and intolerant.
Ironically, both are essentially the same. Each believes it knows the truth. Both relativism and moralism say “This is the way.” This clash between parts keeps us from individually and culturally experiencing harmony in our dissonance, unity in our diversity, justice in our injustice and understanding in our disagreements and disgust.
Is there a way out? Only if one can actually see the whole mountain. Jesus appears and says not “This is the way” but “I am the way.” Yet he does so without any sense of arrogance or self-righteousness. Instead, he does so with both great joy and measured sobriety.
As opposed to proposing our differing ways, let us consider the way of Jesus together. In doing so, it can only prosper both us and our city.