In 2009, the United States Congress declared September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Only about 30% of Americans are aware of this national day, but I hope that by the end of the decade most will know of it. All across the country today, volunteers are engaged in a range of community and personal good deeds. The article’s title was suggested by a text from the Hebrew Scriptures, read last Sunday in many churches:
See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.
— Deuteronomy 30:16 ESV
Doing good is a choice and I support the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. My particular good deeds for today (so far) are to publicize public service in this article, and to recycle a bunch of cardboard and plastic discarded at an event. Later today I plan to photograph a new national historical site for the Wikipedia “We Love Monuments” project. There are so many possibilities.
- Plant a tree
- Read to children
- Donate unused items to charity
- Visit someone who doesn’t get many visitors
- Open a door for someone with their hands full
- Improve an article at the Wikipedia
- Build a Habitat house
- Volunteer to help seniors with their tax forms
Birthers, will you continue to waste your energy in a hopeless cause, or will you raise up your heads and see the good that you could be doing? I set before you a choice. Choose life.