"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
An appropriate insight from MLK on his day. Those words came straight from the heart, no doubt. MLK saw the racism and prejudice going on all around him, and nobody seemed to care enough to change it. Even the White church was racist. The White folks imbedded in the cultural norm of that day were dead people, useless to the aching world. They were blind and ignorant to the human pain they were inflicting. Today we celebrate the liberation of such unjust dogma. Yet, how easily discrimination and prejudice can become apart of life, it's not just about race either, it's about people and how we see them.
It's not enough to be content in yourself. Higher living requires seeing a greater need than your own, and reaching out to people--all people--as if you were regarding yourself.