The Quality of a Nation

And now a selection from the “Inspiring Quotations that Shouldn’t Be Controversial But Probably Will Be in Today’s Political Climate” file:

The quality of a nation isn’t determined by how well the people at the top are living — no, the true quality of a nation is determined by how well the people at the bottom are treated. We will be judged by the way we treat the sick, the poor, the elderly, children, animals, and even the world we live upon.


If we want to pride ourselves as good people, as rational people, as compassionate people — then we must not give in to our own darker impulses.


And as angry as we might feel about the criminal act of any perpetrator, that will never be a justification for abandoning our own morality.

David Gerrold, science-fiction writer