“If not now, when?”
by Tanya Pietrkowski, CARPLS Director of Development
I recently heard a friend make this quote in the news about an ambitious endeavor. And, I thought—I remember this quote as a kid from Rabbi Hillel, an ancient Talmudic scholar:
"If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And being only for myself, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?”
Or you might attribute a version of this quote to the late Congressman John Lewis:
“If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”
The quote implies the Golden Rule that is a part of every culture in creating a sense of humanity and empathy for others. In my mind, it’s one of the highest attributes of the ideal of service in the legal community.