While sorting through my masses of junk I found this speech that I had written in high school. Just wanted to share it with everyone:
Elimination of discrimination (1994)
We all know that judging people is inappropriate. There is no honest religion or honest government that teaches otherwise. Every person is free to choose their life and what they will be, therefore we are agents unto ourselves. We choose our imperfections. None of us are good enough or wise enough to judge another human mind. None of us can perfectly temper justice and mercy enough to punish or reward a man or woman to the extent that they deserve. It doesnt matter if you are the world's best scholar you are still out of line to judge another, whether it be race gender, handicap, or even simple things like taste in music, clothing, or the car they drive. An associate once took Abraham Lincoln the task for his attitude towards his enemies. "Why do you try to make friends of them? You should try to destroy them." He replied," Am I not destroying my enemies when I make them my friends?" He also said,” Quarrel not at all. No man who is resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him." A person cannot deny the humanity of another without diminishing his own humanity. How can we mock those who have nothing while we ourselves have nothing? WE need to be able to live in harmony. The wife of Richard Nixon once said," Harmony is the ability to differ, not to disagree." We are all unique and these differences should be praised, not punished. Quoting Mark Twain," Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can read."