The ideal of "Public Service as a Way of Life," is introduced in, The Tao of Public Service. But this "service" is not the ultra-self-annihilating ideal of total sacrifice most often seen in the case of religious martyrs. It is service based on a recognition of the practical reality that in living our human lives "we are all in this together."
It is the practical recognition of the principle of mutuality.
Mutuality requires that we do our best work for each other. Service is then the essence of citizenship.
The Ideal Citizen seeks perfection yet not the all-encompassing perfection of the omnipotent or the omniscient, but rather the limited perfection of the immediate and attainable ideal. One has to try and be the best: worker, teacher, doctor, lawyer, soldier, judge, professor, president, governor, mayor, CEO, husband, wife, son, daughter, father, or mother one can become.
Dr. King preached that:
...If America is to remain a first class nation she can no longer afford to have second class citizens...Now more than ever before, America is challenged to bring her noble dream into reality, and those who are working to implement the American Dream are the true saviors of democracy...
Isn't it clear that those Sunday morning thoughts were a restatement of the idea of mutuality but in terms of public service? To have a better America we must, as citizens, dedicate our lives to each other. And as members of the American team, Black Lives Matter.
(Article changed on November 29, 2015 at 13:52)