Today is Martin Luther King day in the US. 236 years ago the founding fathers of the United States declared:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
MLK had a larger vision. Within those words he heard an even deeper meaning. To him they transcended race, not just social class.
One day in 1955 a certain Rosa Parks decided she’d had enough. She refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus, and provoked a worldwide movement.
In his book Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville said every single technological development of the last 1000 years has created more equality, not less. Whether it was intended to or not.
Tocqueville said when you make equality possible, you open the door for people (as we say in Planet Perry :^) to develop their own Unique Selling Proposition. So they can make a unique contribution to everyone else.
In 1835 he needed a word for this, so he invented one:
Rosa Parks responded to her inner voice, took a stand by staying seated. She asserted her individualism and shifted the atmosphere of the world.
Martin Luther King responded to his inner voice, acted on his individualism. And led a nation of African Americans to freedom.
You are just as much an individual as Rosa Parks or MLK. What is YOUR inner voice calling YOU to do?
Today, just for five minutes, please, would you do this?
Close your computer.
Switch off the TV.
Turn off your cell phone.
Shut out the distractions.
For five minutes, ask:
“Inner voice, will you please speak?”
Don’t think. Don’t talk.
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