A Healthy Society
“Liberty and justice for all”
The concept of Healthy Living comes from a teaching that I put together in 1983. The original teaching had six points:
- Spiritual Health
- Mental/Emotional Health
- Physical Health
- Relational Health
- Financial Health
- A Healthy Society
I changed Financial Health to Fulfilling Our Purpose during my time in graduate school in the mid-90s based on what I learned about personality assessments which help us identify our individual uniqueness. I look at finances as an enabler to fulfill our purpose, and not the end purpose in itself.
When I started this group, I dropped the sixth item because I wanted to focus on the individual aspects of health rather than societal aspects. However, I want to address the broader picture from time to time.
Some men and woman have died on foreign battlefields to help preserve our liberty and justice. Others such as Martin Luther King died in our homeland to help implement liberty and justice for all people.
Here is an excerpt from his historic speech delivered 55 years ago today on August 28, 1963:
“I HAVE A DREAM TODAY!
I have a dream that one day down in Alabama — with its vicious racists, with its Governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification — one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I HAVE A DREAM TODAY!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low. The rough places will be plain and the crooked places will be made straight, “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brother-hood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. And this will be the day. This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, “My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my father died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire; let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York; let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania; let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado; let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that. Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia; let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee; let freedom ring from every hill and mole hill of Mississippi. “From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.””