Individuals

Mar 26, 2018

We are getting close to Easter when Jesus died on the cross to for all the sins of the human race then and now. A tall order you will have to admit. I’m not a believer in that article of faith so I don’t make or honor that claim.

Martin Luther King Jr., who was a believer, said in a famous speech, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character and not the color of their skin! (his vchildren’s current squabbling over his trophies and literary legacy would probably have embarrassed King but then that is another story.)
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I certainly agree with King here but I prefer the more inclusive Martha Graham quote that takes in and relates more with the individual character more than just skin color, “There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it.”

Where would the world be if Isaac Newton, Louie Pasteur, Charles Darwin, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, the average Looter in street riots, the average street activist in protests, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Winston Churchill, Barack and Michelle Obama, Donald Trump, George Bush, Josef Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Mohammed, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ, Jane Denny, you, and I, –if we all including the not-so-worthy would been aborted, our world would be quite different. Like the traditional Christmas movie, ”It’s a Wonderful Life”, that is the power of individuals for good or for ill.

The nub of the matter is the crucial importance of Individuals and the relative unimportance of groups of all skin colors and sexual preferences, knowledge, character, economic condition, and ideas.

Best beware especially of ever saying “they” and “all.” As in “all Jews are stingy but on the other hand they are very smart and very rich.” Or “all Blacks are good at basketball but otherwise, they are lazy and incompetent.” Or “all Communists and Socialists are evil people even if they may do some good things.” It is no doubt true some individuals may fit that description but the very idea that they all do could lead to the horrors of the Holocaust!

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/ President, Hawkhill

P.S Looking for gift for people have everything but care about ideas, devout Catholic to left-liberal clergy to conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (very cheap and, in my opinion, very good reads!)—Twilight or Dawn? a Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some good ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy streamed now free on YouTube.

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