“I want to sever the connection between dignity and accomplishment altogether.” So says Justin Hawkins on The Lucky Few Podcast last week.
Uncoupling Dignity from Achievement
Even as a mother of a child with Down syndrome, I get sucked into the idea that our value—mine, Penny’s, and everyone else—comes from what we achieve. This conversation was such a lifegiving correction, reminding me once again that our dignity comes from our humanity, our belovedness, and not from anything we do.
The Lucky Few Podcast
In this excellent conversation about the inherent and eternal dignity of every human being, Heather Avis talks with Hawkins, a PhD candidate in the Ethics department at Yale University who also has a sister with Down syndrome.
Mere Orthodoxy Article
Their conversation stems from an article Hawkins wrote for Mere Orthodoxy: Dignity Beyond Accomplishment.
I loved this essay and this podcast episode. I hope you’ll have a chance to read and/or listen too as you join me in learning about uncoupling dignity from achievement.
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