For those who have seen the Earth
from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will,
the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that
we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.
Know that although in the eternal
scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable,
as are all your fellow humans everywhere in the world.
It means a great deal to those who
are oppressed to know that they are not alone. And never let anyone tell
you that what you are doing is insignificant.
An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic
concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean
does not become dirty. [And that which is dirty can become clean.]
The person who tries to live alone
will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not
answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes
of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
Human beings, who are almost unique
in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also
remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
The oneness of human beings is the
basic ethical thread that holds us together.
If we all tired to make other people’s paths easy,
our own feet would have a smooth even place to walk on.
A generous heart, kind speech, and a
life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Without the human community one
single human being cannot survive.
edition by Gary Hyink, Felicia Daniels, Alyssa Boyett, interns, and
Bill Blackman, the president. Most recent
edition by Katie Lusk, Hearts & Minds intern