The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
This is a re-print of Practical Paralegalism’s post from last year’s Martin Luther King holiday, but in today’s turbulent world, with so many people suffering, it’s a good day to reflect on the ways we can use our special skills and training to effect positive change in the world and make a difference in our communities.
If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive today and asked to write a column with Top 10 Tips for legal professionals, especially those who work tirelessly to advocate for human rights and civil freedoms, that advice might include his following quotes:
- 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.
- Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
- Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
- That old law about ‘an eye for an eye’ leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.
- The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
- Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
- We must use time creatively.
- Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
- Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
Rules to live and work by do not get any timelier than these. Volunteer, never stop learning, be a critical thinker, work hard and above all, challenge yourself to make the world a better place.