“With great power comes great responsibility.”
Not just for Spiderman. This idea has been expressed by Voltaire, Winston Churchill, and both Presidents Roosevelt. Some people even cite the New Testament verse Luke 12:48 as an early expression of this concept.
Trevor Noah is a comedian, and and astute commentator. In this video he steps away from comedy. He provides a thoughtful and heartfelt analysis of today’s protest actions spurred by the recent and raw murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. I’m not going to recap him here, his presentation is far more eloquent and precise than mine. Just watch the video. Embedded for your convenience.
I very much appreciate how Noah discusses the “social contract” as key to any civil society. As you probably remember from your high school history, the idea of a social contract was central to British and French Enlightenment philosophers, who were themselves highly influential in the thoughts and writings of our American founding fathers (think Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Paine). All these were signers of our Declaration of Independence, which boldly asserted that all men are created equal.
And we are still stumbling through that most basic idea. It needs to be amplified. By you. Today.