[A fountain in downtown Boston]
Just finished Nadine Gortimer‘s Burger’s Daughter; she’d used the above quote by Chinese philosopher, Wang Yang-ming (1472—1529), to introduce Part Two of her amazing and painful and gorgeously written anti-apartheid novel. It just might be my new credo.
If I know that climate change is real but do nothing, I don’t know.
If I know that my country is riven by racism and the dregs of slavery yet do nothing, I know nothing.
If I know that the criminal justice system isn’t just but don’t speak out, I know nothing.
If I know that men and women have equal rights yet fail to act on behalf of my oppressed sisters, I’m an idiot.
if I can remember when water fountains and swimming pools and schools and buses were segregated but fail to exult when I notice that arc of the moral universe has bent a little closer towards justice—in my lifetime!—I remember nothing.