harriet tubman is a legend. as part of the underground railroad, she navigated slaves to freedom. she is the “moses of her people.” a book published about her in 1886, by ms. sarah bradford, was also with that title.
ms. tubman is credited for doing 13 missions in which she saved 70 lives. wikipedia. today, some individuals may be taken aback by the number. some people often view bigger numbers to mean something better. in doing so, people ignore the details of each individual lives saved by ms. tubman. ms. tubman changed the lives of many families and generations of families. given the years since her brave acts, her societal impact has grown exponentially. it would be fascinating to see how many lives are profoundly connected back to these 70 individuals.
beyond saving lives, ms. tubman engaged in countless acts of heroism: she wore many hats in her gloried life including warrior, scout, and nurse. she carved herself a chapter in united states history.
the value of saving one life is akin to saving a world is an ancient concept. sanhedrin 37a, states “and conversely, anyone who sustains one soul from the jewish people, the verse ascribes him credit as if he sustained an entire world.” this doctrine, while discussed within a religious framework, has become universally applied to any individual irrespective of one’ faith or lack of it.
this takes us to max freed. max freed’s name was never supposed to be part of history. he wanted it that way. his benefactor, however, disclosed his name 30 years after his generous act. mr. freed’s act, in the same generation, led to an estimated billion dollars in fundraising for charity.
max freed was wealthy. he met a stranger, a manual laborer. max freed “offered to pay for [the laborer’s] college education on condition that he repaid the money, got top grades, kept his benefactor’s name anonymous and agreed to help someone else.” denverpost.
max freed had no idea that he had made “a deal” with a man would be known as mr. “let’s make a deal.” the manual laborer was monty hall. monty hall wanted to go to medical school. quotas and discrimination. however, prevented him from doing so. he went on to complete college and enter the world of entertainment. he used his fame and personality to raise an estimated 1 billion dollars for charity. at times, he spent 200 days a year devoted in philanthropy and fund raising. usatoday
ordinary people can do extraordinary things. harriet tubman saved lives as a real life action hero. she risked her life and freedom to help others. max freed, in his low key way, wanted to anonymously and quietly change someone’s life. with each of them, there were and are lives that have been forever changed.
why tell these stories? the reason is to ask you the following questions:
do you have the opportunity and means to assist someone else in life?
do you want to take on the challenge?
if so, isn’t it time to embark on a plan and make a difference?
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