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Chaplain's Chat with David Van Leen

There is currently a debate raging in our society – one that is causing divide – the haves and the have nots, the wills and will nots, the cans and cannots.

I believe that the very thing that is dividing our society can unite our society in amazing ways – we’ve seen it happen before. I am talking about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interestingly, there was an advert that built on this idea of looking out for one another, with the opening line of the advert being something like:

We all need to work together to keep WA one of the safest places in the world; it’s now time to get vaccinated. What follows in the advert are people making statements of why they are getting vaccinated.

The whole ad is about being in this together – what can I do to help others; it’s not just me - I have to think of those who are important to me.

The whole idea of looking out for one another and being united, in caring for each other, reminds me of a quote from the Biblical book of Philippians in chapter two:

“Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.”

Let’s all work together to bring back the best of humanity. Let’s look back in years to come and say this era was a time where people were concerned with the needs and interests of others and worked together.

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