Last week I posed a question: “What would you sacrifice your life for?” Readers agreed that they would give up their life for their children out of love. One caring reader shared her perspective about sacrifice:
“…Your small sacrifice may give someone else that tiny measure of love that they needed to change their day, their focus, maybe change their life. If each person would be willing to risk their job, dignity, comfort, happiness, status, or even their life if called to do so – what might our world be like?”
Interestingly, I recently finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It is the fictional account of black maids working for well-to-do white, southern women in the early 60s smack dab during the boiling point of the civil rights movement.
In the story, three women reveal their worlds to us. Two are black maids; the other is a rich, white southern daughter of a cotton plantation owner who wants to change things. The book explores the lines drawn between men and women, black and white, rich and poor. And presents the question: What if these lines of separation don’t really exist?
The story also examines the sacrifices of this trinity. To create change for a better life the women risk their jobs, their dignity, their relationships and their lives. (you can read my review here)
Here are a few questions for you to ponder: Do the lines between blacks and whites still exist today? Why or why not? What separates you from your neighbor?