For Livingston, one of the most necessary forms of courage, both individually and as a society, is the courage to change.
Time forces change upon us as we age, but “we have few models of graceful acceptance.”
Livingston notes that the laws and norms that regulate our relationships with each other also require continual evaluation and evolution.
But in this process, he suggests that we use the below 5 “permanent truths” as guides:
- It’s wrong to treat another person as an object.
- We’re all in this together.
- The measure of any society is how it treats its most vulnerable citizens.
- Fear brings out the worst in us.
- If we lived forever, there would be no such thing as courage.