My mom grew up in an immigrant enclave in Brooklyn. When her father died a few short months before the Depression began in October 1929, he left a widow with limited English and three children.
To help support the family, my mom – a woman who loved to read and learn – had to drop out of high school in her sophomore year.
Growing up, I learned a lot from this natural born teacher. Perhaps the greatest lesson was this:
“Always judge people as individuals.”
As a child, I incorporated that as a part of our human and our American values.
I find myself thinking about that often these days, as I hear our president-elect group people into boxes and tweet and speak about them as a single entity. A particularly disturbing example has been ”the crooked media”. Continue reading “An evolving conversation…on essential values”