Importance of Justice

Last week I visited Washington DC with a group of Hoosiers. We arrived a bit early so we decided to stop by the Martin Luther King Memorial. You may recall that the sculpture of Dr. King provoked some controversy so I was particularly eager to see it personally. Also, last month’s dedication was canceled due to the earthquake and concerns about public safely.

Behind the memorial is a wall of Dr. King’s quotes. All are meaningful. But one stands out in my mind: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." (16 April 1963, Birmingham, AL)

Much of what we do in health care revolves around the concept of justice. Access issues, quality issues, affordability issues, disparity in treatment and community health issues are just a few of the things that enter my mind when thinking about justice and health care.

I encourage you to take moment to reflect on the challenges facing our country and our society today. Dr. King's words of nearly 50 years ago are just as relevant and moving today as they were then. What affects one of us does indeed affect all of us. Sometimes we forget this simple truth.

I took this photo of the memorial to share with you.

Follow this link to learn more about the MLK memorial.

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