During its ten-year history, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize has selected and honored authors who have improved humanity through their work and words. Every year I go to the DLPP ceremony both the fiction and non-fiction winners inspire me to want to do more. This year, I asked Gloria Steinem, who received the 2015 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, “What else can I do?” Gloria’s lifetime as an author and activist changed the lives of women all over the world. Now, in her 80s, she keeps on going. Her answer to me at first was modest, suggesting I’m already doing so much and just keep it up. But she also talked about small change, and living a conscientious life. Always be aware of the choices you make and how they impact others. Make the choices that contribute to social justice and an improved humanity.
What else can you do?