“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
The beauty of EMS lives within Martin Luther King’s famous quote. Our patients are not judged by the color of their skin, at least their true color, at times that color may be a little pale, diaphoretic, clammy, or blue or yellow, even red depending on circumstances that have nothing to do with a man’s character. Heart attacks, carbon monoxide poisoning, hypothermia, burns and liver disease changes the outward appearance of a patient, but nothing can change the content of their character.
It matters not who calls us, what matters is their condition upon our arrival, nothing else. I have seen people of many colors, religions and political beliefs caring for and being cared for by each other, and little else makes me more proud to live in a day and age where predjudices are set aside, and healing is allowed to happen. The patients, the medics, we all have one thing in common, we are human beings.
Martin Luther King Jr. would have been eighty-eight years old this year. I know a lot of eighty-eight year old people that are alive and well, and still contributing their work and ideas to society. I sometimes think of Dr. King as ancient history, somebody whose message was spread a few lifetimes ago. It always amazes me that he and I walked this earth at the same time, watched the same sunrises and sunsets, and lived our lives together, until he was murdered. It was not that long ago that the civil rights movement was underway, and change started.
Please take a moment today, if you can, and think of how far we have come, and how far we need to go to get things right. Progress, not perfection works sometimes, but when it comes to humanity, and treating each other with respect, fairness and equality, perfection must be the goal.
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.“ Martin Luther King, Jr.