“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Inclusion – we have a ways to go. Inclusion is a concept which, when it works, is a two-way street. Different cultures have different beliefs and it is human nature to gravitate toward those you at least feel will have a similar outlook.
Think about it – you arrive at a party with many strangers and a couple of people from your office. Where do you go? More than likely, even though you see those folks from work every day, you still end up standing next to them.
One of the things I love about the craft beer community is that it crosses over racial and socio-economic barriers so staunchly embedded in other areas of life. I am encouraged when I see a crowd of craft-beer lovers of different ethnicities and lifestyles enjoying fellowship around the “Brews and Chews” collective table we have here in Jacksonville. Let’s keep up the good work.
Dr. King also said:
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Take a step of faith – embrace the concept of inclusion – and approach someone you see at one of the Greater Jacksonville area’s local establishments having an obvious different life experience. Craft beer is the perfect segue. The fabric of your life will be strengthened for you doing so.