"Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be..."

In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., was sentenced to time in a Birmingham, Alabama, jail for participating in non-violent civil rights demonstrations. From the confines of his cell, he wrote these powerful words:

"In a real sense all life is interrelated. All persons are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the inter-related structure of reality."

Every single sentence in this quote deserves its own page.

Its own stage.

Its own ear to fall upon.

The words are powerful, they're beautiful, and they're true.

We all share an undeniable interdependence.

When we seek to raise others up, we rise with them.

Each act of kindness, be it for ourselves or for another, strengthens our souls and the bonds that bring us together.

And together is where we are destined to be.

Dave Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

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