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August 4, 2020

Mankind’s Better Angels

Even if you are a majority of one, the truth is the truth. Mahatma Gandhi.

Last week, as many of you know, John Lewis was buried after a powerful commemorative service and and a tearful, well-deserved hero’s send-off at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

His last act of heroism, shortly before his death, was to write an essay to the American nation and to thoughtful, caring people around the world, to be published upon the day of his funeral. It was printed on July 30, 2020 in the New York Times.

“Though I am gone,” he began, “I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.” If you are reading this, you’ll want to read the entire essay. You’ll get it. NYT Article: Together, You Can Redeem the Soul Of Our Nation.

We are living is a very difficult time, made dangerous by the COVID-19 virus, outrageous greed, violence, injustice social and economic inequality and the impending disruption of climate change. We’re just way, way over the top.

Solutions abound, answers Lewis contends, but only if each of us will stand up, to do our part and get into good trouble, determined to help right the wrongs and build a better world. We’ve done it before, he reminds us. And we can do it again.

Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay connected.

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