Somebody Got To Have Some Sense On This Highway

I read a New York Times op-ed on Martin Luther King’s legacy, which was fine, but a story it quoted stood out to me.

… one night [Martin Luther King’s] brother A. D. drove him to Tennessee. Infuriated by all the other cars’ brights, A. D. vowed to crank his lights and blind the next driver passing by. Dr. King told him not to, that it would just get everybody killed. “Somebody got to have some sense on this highway,” he said.

And isn’t that what it all comes down to? Love thy neighbor. Turn the other cheek. Be the person your dog thinks you are. Use common sense.

Whatever our religious, spiritual, or human sensibilities are, this calling is clear and present and necessary to our humanity: We must make the best and most righteous choices regardless of what those around us choose to do and be. We have to understand and love and let go and move on. And we have to do this first and last and again and again.


We must teach ourselves and our children not only to use common sense but to use common decency as our guide. It’s not merely that it makes a better world. It is how awful the world will be if we all just react to each other’s anger and selfishness. It is the hurt and the pain, and even the death, which follows.

If we take the few minutes it takes to think our actions through — To act instead react. To breathe instead of talk. To listen. To forgive. — we can save our hearts as well as our lives. Our relationships as well as our humanity.

Someone has to do the right thing around here. “Somebody got to have some sense on this highway.” That someone is me. And you.

Because if not us, who will be hurt?

Because if not us, who will be forgotten?

Who will suffer?

Who will die?

I think we all will if we don’t try.

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Hospital TV


I don’t have much time to write because the baby has RSV, and we’re living at the hospital right now. Everything’s stable but improvements would be nice so feel free to send good thoughts and prayers

I’m going on 30+ hours with only an hour and a half of broken up sleep so I should probably stop writing before I get myself in trouble — let’s just say this experience makes me very happy I left medicine when I did.

Hospital TV
And not just because this channel didn’t distract me from the FINALLY SLEEPING baby being woken up for armpit temperatures.

UPDATE 1: Not everyone has had the pleasure of meeting RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) so here’s a link to the cdc on it: Basically, it’s a virus that makes it hard to breathe for babies and old people. The rest of us just get a cold.

UPDATE 2: Baby is improving! Thanks for all your love and prayers.

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