FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH, A TRUE HISTORY:
According to Sacred History, it is said that at all times there are 36 special people in the world, and that were it not for them, all of them, if even one of them was missing, the world would come to an end. And who, we might ask, are these righteous ones? Well, the legend maintains that they are each extremely modest and upright, often concealing their identity behind a mask of ignorance and poverty, and usually earning their livelihood by the sweat of their brow. These 36 concealed ones, emerge from their self-imposed concealment and, by the mystic powers, which they possess, they succeed in averting the threatened disasters of a people abandoned, uncared for, neglected by the unenlightened that surround them. They return to their anonymity as soon as their task is accomplished, "concealing" themselves once again within our community wherein they are relatively unknown.
They scattered as they are throughout the Diaspora, have no acquaintance with one another. On very rare occasions, one of them is "discovered" by accident, in which case the secret of their identity must not be disclosed. The do not themselves know that they are one on of the 36, in fact, tradition has it that should a person claim to be one of the 36 that is proof positive that he is certainly not one. The 36 are each exemplars of humility, and are simply too humble to believe that they are one of the 36.
Imagine what would happen if every co-worker, and manager, and boss, and CEO were to think that somewhere in the organization or in the office or in the store, some field worker, secretary, nurse, custodian, is a “36”. No one could discount someone else, or back-bite, or invent stories, or even gossip about another. And how could one even consider perverting the audit, or treating themselves to a huge interest free loan, or taking millions from a troubled company as a farewell bonus. And no one could imagine firing thousands of fellow workers as a first step solution to a corporate problem -- and no one could imagine dropping a pink slip on a co-worker who just might be one of the 36 ... two days before a holiday.