“All of us are interdependent. Every nation is an heir of a vast
treasure of ideas and labor to which both the living and the dead
of all nations have contributed. Whether we realize it or not,
each of us lives eternally ‘in the red.’ We are everlasting debtors
to known and unknown men and women.
When we arise in the morning, we go into the bathroom where
we reach for a sponge which is provided for us by a Pacific
Islander. We reach for soap that is created for us by a European.
Then at the table we drink coffee which is provided for us by a
South American, or tea by a Chinese or cocoa by a West African.
Before we leave for our jobs we are already beholden to
more than half of the world.”
—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.