All over the internet, you’ll see this quote attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“Life’s most urgent and persistent question is what are you doing for others?”
The National Day of Service Press Release attributes the sentiment– but not the precise phrase–to Dr. King and is the most reputable source I have found for the quote.
I followed President Obama’s inauguration today, via twitter, rather than listen or watch. My choice for #inaug2013 retweeting was this: “You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time.” (My choice for #InaugQuote was “For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing”)
Anyway. The two (well, three) thoughts go together well, as far as I am concerned. The most urgent question is what are you doing for others? How are you meeting your obligations to frame the debate? What steps do you take to ensure that all, who are created equal with the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, are treated as equal with their most basic rights intact?