What's Worth Having?

From the world's point of view the answer depends on circumstances. Some may believe a flawless diamond is the ultimate of worth to them. Yet, what use is a diamond to a starving man in a desert? Most people would say that a loaf of bread would do more to keep him alive than the finest stone in the world—or its value in money.

Even so, nourishment to sustain the physical body is not considered by everyone the most important thing in life. There are people who have died of starvation even when food has been available, in protest against inhuman conditions, injustices, tyranny. These people have sincerely believed that, more than life itself, freedom, justice, integrity, and individual religious conviction were worth having. They have demonstrated in their own way that they believe there are physically intangible values worth sacrificing one's very life to protect.

August 9, 1975

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