I don’t care about your politics or religion - people first, always.
I encourage everyone to dive a little deeper into the 1967 speech at Riverside Church in New York City mentioned in this article. The focus is primarily the Vietnam War and how it affects the people and culture of the US. Here’s a longer version of the quote mentioned in the article:
"I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin…we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
Change requires more than just saying, “Fuck you, shitty companies” or “Fuck you, politicians” - it’s a journey that starts with empathy to the plight of all people around the world, regardless of gender, race, religion, or other, and understanding how your lifestyle and decisions affect those people. That doesn’t mean the US is always right (or always wrong) and should dictate the direction of the world, it means you’re just as significant of a living human as anyone else on this planet.
Heavy things to consider, but today should be a day when you test your mental and emotional strength.
Thanks for sharing, Silver!
And if you want to read the text of the speech (it’s long but great), see