Sunday, November 9, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 314

If people don't have the freedom to be themselves, then how can we hope they will or ?

So, I'm sitting in my living room while my two girls are playing after eating breakfast.  I turn on the laptop and start thinking about some inspiration for today's Quote-A-Day.  I head to Google, and today's Doodle is this amazing short video about how walls (and their destruction) have influenced our society.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall.  The Berlin Wall, like many walls, symbolized a lack of freedom; a lack of freedom to act, a lack of freedom to think, a lack of freedom to simply "be."

Walls create "haves" and "have nots," and by separating people, both physically and emotionally, we prevent them from collaborating, creating, and conversing together.

This lack of freedom doesn't just repress and depress people, it makes it near impossible for those feeling repressed to learn, and to lead.

Taking down walls, instilling freedom for all, and recognizing the traits that make every individual who they are, are necessary steps if we want to cultivate a world that is interested in learning and sees the benefit of leading.

Regardless of your role in education, and in life, make sure that whenever you see signs of freedom being lessened, do whatever is in your power (and beyond) to make sure that all are seen as equals.

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