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Then and Now

alec vanderboom

In packing, I found an old post card I had hanging in my law office:

"Where, after all do universal human rights being? In small places close to home-so close and so small they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." (Eleanor Roosevelt, from a speech to the United Nations, 1958.)

Whew. Quite a mouthful.

Contrast that with my new favorite quote from my new heroine, St. Tess of Avila

"Go cheerfully about whatever service you are ordered to do."