The first question that the priest asked, the first question that the Levite asked was, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But then the Good Samaratin came by, and he reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"King fights against the human tendency to be selfish. Earlier in the speech he challenges people to develop a "dangerous unselfishness." It actually reminds me a lot of David Foster Wallace's "This Is Water". I kinda think that the Good Samaratin's second question was "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" Maybe it really is the moments of small decisions that determine a person. I don't know. I think of people I consider to be heroes, and each one of them is exceptional because they have, to certain extents, overcome human nature's deep-seeded selfishness. Which is kinda damning. But I also think that many people fight it. And that fills me with hope, because I know that selfless, good people exist and move through the world, more often quietly than with Nobel Peace Prizes. I just think that's beautiful.
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Day 11: Today I am grateful for the moments of fearlessness and the 20 seconds of courage that it takes to start the ball rolling.