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Question Your Biases

Last week, the South–and the world, really–lost a great thinker. Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, used storytelling to address the particularly sensitive topic of inequality in a time when discussion was taboo. In the process, she changed the hearts of many.

I ran across this video list of inspiring quotes from the book, and one in particular resonated with me:

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

This is darn hard to do sometimes, because we always know we are right or we think we are right. I have certainly been guilty of this behavior. Maybe we all can learn to practice a little more empathy and understand before judging. Ms. Lee left us with more than just a good read.

Merrill Stewart Jr.

Merrill Stewart is Founder and President of the Stewart Perry Company, a commercial building contractor based in Birmingham.