A few days ago I wrote of the conflicting emotions that sometimes arise when working in the public interest. Today I listened to JK Rowlings commencement speech at Harvard. This is easily the best speech I’ve ever heard. An excerpt:
If you choose to use your status and influence to raise your voice on behalf of those who have no voice; if you choose to identify not only with the powerful, but with the powerless; if you retain the ability to imagine yourself into the lives of those who do not have your advantages, then it will not only be your proud families who celebrate your existence, but thousands and millions of people whose reality you have helped transform for the better.
My status and influence is perhaps questionable. Whether I influence thousands or millions of people through my work remains to be seen. But if I can use my meager status to influence one small school board to help one disabled child, I guess it really hit me today, I have done something that mattered.