“Bad as all slave holders are, we seldom meet one destitute of every element of character commanding respect. My master was one of the rare sort. I do not know of one single noble act ever performed by him. The leading trait in his character was meanness; and if there was any other element in his nature, it was subject to this. He was mean…” Narrative Of The Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
How much harm we do without realizing it. Let us, as the day we celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Junior approaches, practice kindness. Let us become increasingly skilled at doing no harm. Let us be inspired by all those people who gave their lives to create a more just and compassionate world. A world where basic human rights are not neglected, but served with integrity. Let us not only stand on the side of love, but let us be active in bringing it into the world.