Echoes of other lives: The late John Lewis never abandoned his basic idea—you shouldn't hate the others.
Yesterday, in a featured editorial, the Washington Post quoted Lewis explaining where he came from:
Mr. Lewis might have had reason to hate. One of 10 children in an Alabama sharecropping family (“. . . it was a system designed to make us fail”), he recalled going proudly to market for the first time with his father, a man he loved and revered—and seeing him treated as less than a man by white people. “But living on that farm,” he wrote, “enveloped by the contrasting purity and innocence of nature, often sequestered from a world that seemed tragically unjust and unfair, I searched inside myself and developed an ability to hear my inner voice speak.”Living on (a sharecropper's section of) a farm, cast away from many distractions and disappointments, John Lewis searched inside himself.
In the process, he says he developed an ability to hear his inner voice speak.
We thought that was a beautiful tribute editorial. The quotation from Lewis made us think of other famous lives.
He "learned to hear his inner voice speak!" We expect to return to this topic, we hope at the end of the week.