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“Coopxration” and the Power of One

by | Jan 30, 2017

By Dave Andrusko

It’s amazing where pro-lifers can find inspiration. It seems as if you need barely open your eyes to find signs that point the way.

You don’t need great peripheral vision. Just a glance here and there is all you need to find still another wonderful way of understanding what it is we fight for and, in this case, the Power of One and the irreducible significance of all.


A friend and I were talking about the church she attends which is not far from where my wife and I live. Having been myself reared in a Lutheran Church, I took a peak at the church’s webpage.

The pastor’s page quoted an old story, author unknown, titled, “Coopxration” and then went to explain how that applies to every member of his congregation.

Well the lesson applies just as well to every member our Movement.

The anonymous author of “Coopxration” tells us he used an old typewriter that worked quite well except for one key. Whenever he hit “e,” he’d always get “x.”

Thus, the first paragraph read, “This is a fairly old typxwritxr, but it works quitx wxll xxcxpt for onx of thx kxys. I’vx wishxd many timxs that it workxd pxrfxctly. It’s trux that thxrx arx forty-onx kxys that function wxll xnough, but just onx kxy not working makxs a diffxrxncx.”

The local pastor wisely commented

While each key of a keyboard is unique and individual, by itself it remains one letter. Only when used together with all the other keys will a word, a phrase, a sentence and paragraph communicate a message.

For us, the lesson is as obvious as it is powerful, as unassuming as it is mind-opening. Every member of our grassroots army matters.

If you are ever tempted to think otherwise, consider that each of us, in our own small way, makes or breaks the Movement. Put another way, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.

Like you, I move in many volunteer circles. I never, ever fail to be amazed how often volunteers assume their contribution is “no big deal.” But–whether multiplied by tens or hundreds or thousands or even millions–the impact is incalculable.

“Volunteer power”–the selfless contributions of people just like the ones reading this post–explains why we can defeat the armies of death who have hundreds of millions of dollars at their disposal. They have the money, the babies have you.

And the Power of One can also be understand as the Importance of One–not just those of us laboring in the vineyards but more importantly the ones for whom we have struggled decade after decade after decade: those who I call the Littlest Americans.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, more clearly divides the membership of the pro- and anti-life forces than whether they are convinced that every single human life matters.

To put it mildly, pro-abortionists are incredulous at the idea that in a world of seven billion people, any one life matters.

Pro-lifers are driven, sustained, and motivated by the sure knowledge that were there 50 billion people, every last one would be of infinite significance.

Thank goodness for all that you do. Thank goodness that in our Movement there are no broken keys.

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