Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Powerful words from an extraordinary man.
But, I struggle with whether there is also absolute truth in them.
In life, we rise highest by helping others rise. This makes sense. We reach our greatest potential when we inspire the greatest potential in those around us. And, when we reverse the equation, we are elevated beyond what we thought possible when nurtured by those who’ve already achieved that to which we aspire.
But, what of those who refuse to budge? What if I cannot move you, despite years of effort? What if I cannot lift you up?
Can I then “never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be?
Am I duty bound never to walk away or suffer the demise of my own potential?
Doesn’t that shift control over my joy, my aspirations to you?
Or, is this not about helping those who are given the option to transcend circumstance, but refuse?
Curious what you think…
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