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Black Lives Matter: The Citizenship Ideal

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" We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality...Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly...Strangely enough I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be..." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Common Philosophy

One September Sunday morning, something very important happened. Even though I was still quite fatigued from my work week, I performed my usual morning meditation but afterward the following new thoughts began to enter my mind. In my journal I wrote:

Because we are a nation which is so diverse and can only function peacefully as a melting pot, meaning that our differences have to blend rather than form barriers which polarize and divide: We must have a common philosophy. This philosophy must assert, at minimum, that in order to have a better life we must dedicate our lives to each other...

These thoughts find their roots in a theme that was first introduced in my memoir, The Tao of Public Service and which I have been trying to clearly articulate ever since.

These Sunday morning thoughts are important because their tendrils seem to seek and find support in the idea of mutuality.

The Principle of Mutuality

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Eric Z. Lucas is an alumnus of Stanford University (Creative Writing Major: 1972-1975), the University of Washington (1981: BA English Literature and Elementary Education) and Harvard Law School, J.D. 1986. Since law school he has been a public (more...)

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