THE United citizens' action network

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -Benjamin Franklin

The United Citizens' Action Network

The foundation upon which uCan is built

First and foremost the founders and leaders of uCan believe that Jesus Christ set the supreme example of how we should live our lives and how we should treat each other. The United Citizens' Action Network is not a religious organization. Indeed you can have any religious beliefs or no religious beliefs at all and be a welcome member of uCan. Nevertheless, each of us must have some standard of truth upon which to build our concept of right and wrong.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, lived the only perfect life, and we look toward Him for our standard of truth.

The story of the good Samaritan was a commentary on discrimination based on race and ethnicity. It is a story that almost everyone has heard but few understand what was being taught. In the story the Savior teaches us how we all should treat people who are different from ourselves. If you would like to read the parable from the book of Luke in the King James version of the Holy Bible you can follow this link.

What had prompted the story was a "certain lawyer" ask the Savoir what he must do to have eternal life. The lawyer was not sincere. He was only trying to trick Him, but Jesus answered him anyway. Jesus said, "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead." Then a priest and then a Levite came by, but they both crossed the street and left the poor man without giving any aid.

But then a Samaritan came long. The Samaritan "had compassion on him," and  treated his wounds, took him to an inn and took care of him. Then in the morning, when the Samaritan was about to leave,  he gave money to the inn keeper and said "Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee."

Now the man who had been robed was a Jew, as were the priest and the Levite. Jews had great prejudice and contempt for the Samaritans. They considered them unclean and beneath themselves. Partly because of this but for other reasons too, the Samaritans had no use for the Jews. If Jesus was to tell the story today, in the United States, He might say that "a certain white man," fell among thieves, and that two white men passed by on the other side, but a black man "had compassion on him," and  treated his wounds, took him to an inn and took care of him.

"How many observe Christ's birthday!

How few his precepts!

O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments."

Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1757

In this story are we being taught that Samaritans are good and Jews are bad, rather than the other way around? Is there even anything being said about a entire group of people? No, the parable is not a testimonial on the relative goodness or evilness of a people, but rather that all people, regardless of what group they may be a part of, are individuals and are entitled to be judged by their words and actions and not by the attributes of their group. 

This can not be said enough or with enough emphasis: No one can look at the outward appearance of a man or a woman and see their heart or their character. While the statistical propensity of an individual to behave one way or another can be drawn from group data, there is no way to know how any one individual will behave. Just like a mortality table can tell and us almost exactly how many people will die in a given period of time from a large group, we can not know if a particular person will die or not.

We can and should use group date to understand what is happening in our society. To not do so is foolishness that can cause the downfall of our society. We can not use group date to determined if any particular individual is good, bad, smart, stupid, or if that person has been discriminated against.