Help us to remember that no one is simple and that no event is simple.
Help us to remember that everyone is complex and that every event is complex.
Remind us that within every person is a genetic history, a family history, a social history, a psychological history, and a spiritual history, all of which come together to form that person, regardless of whether he or she is conscious of that history.
Remind us that behind every event is a political history, an economic history, a social history, a psychological history, and a spiritual history, all of which come together to instigate that event, regardless of whether the participants in the event are conscious of that history.
Remind us that as we deal with people and respond to events we are doing so out of our own history as well; we are as complex as anyone and anything else. So help us to perceive and to understand our own history.
As we deal with people and events, give us a sensitivity to history and an understanding of the forces that drive us and that help to determine our perspectives, our motives, our decisions, our responses, and our actions.
As we deal with people and events, give us wise minds, understanding hearts, and compassionate spirits.