Celebrating Humanity

Katy Montgomery

Katy currently serves as the Global Director of the Career Development Centre at INSEAD where she manages career services professionals across three campuses: Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, and Singapore. Katy previously served as the Associate Dean for Student Development at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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You must not lose faith in humanity.  Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Mahatma Gandhi

In the last few weeks we have seen the worst that humans can do: terror attacks in Paris, Nigeria, and Mali and mass shootings in the United States. It is very easy to read the newspapers or watch the news and completely lose faith in humanity.

There was one American killed in Mali. Her name was Anita Datar. She was someone I knew. More accurately, this was one of my sister’s close friends from her graduate school days at Columbia University.

We mourn the loss of Anita. But when reading the Gandhi quote I immediately thought about the ocean of humanity. Anita was good. She wanted to make a difference. She left a mark. Her legacy will live on in the work she did for Palladium promoting education and healthcare. And, her goodness will continue to be felt through the important work of Tulalens, a non-profit helping low-income women in urban slums get access to healthcare. Most importantly, we feel Anita’s spirit in her son Rohan. Anita lived a life of principles and social justice and instilled those ideals in her son. He will continue to be a member of the ocean of humanity.

A few dirty drops will not and cannot change the good that wonderful people do every day. Anita was one of those people.

In her honor, may we celebrate the goodness of humanity.

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