Josiah Royce and other liberals of his time, like Hegel, were determined to move away from the prevailing harsh views of Calvinism with its emphasis on man's complete inability to do anything to bring wholeness and happiness to himself. Hegel believed wholeness was attainable, by individuals. Royce also thought betterment was possible in this life. Yet he believed that wholeness and goodness would only occur in the midst of what he first called “the beloved community”.
Loyalty to beloved community is what motivates us to move beyond the self and risk living out a purpose, a calling, that goes beyond what anxiety in the present might dictate.
How might it change the perception of who we if we spoke about ourselves as not only capable social change agents, but also as the receivers of powerful acts of love?