Especially when others deny our dignity, we must refuse to surrender it.
It is our ticket to mental health and survival.
Every slave, prisoner, and persecuted human being knows the pain of being stripped of dignity by deprivation, poverty, beatings, abuse, neglect, or humiliation; a process that pushes the most noble toward inhuman behaviors and the tragic loss of respect for ourselves.
Those of us who have never been enslaved, imprisoned or persecuted still struggle against dark forces that challenge our self-worth.
We can retain our dignity through the most dire circumstances only by obtaining and practicing a deep appreciation for, and awareness of our undeniable, and untouchable innate value.