everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted. - albert einstein

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The purpose of the law is simple.

It does not restrict the freedom of any American, so long as he respects the rights of others.

It does not give special treatment to any citizen.

It does say the only limit to a man’s hope for happiness, and for the future of his children, shall be his own ability.

It does say that there are those who are equal before God shall now also be equal in the polling booths, in the classrooms, in the factories, and in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, and other places that provide service to the public.

from LBJ’s remarks upon signing the Civil Rights Act, 50 years ago today. (Reading “the law” as “The Law” and not  ”this specific law” is particularly interesting in the context of many rights-related issues we’re still grappling with today….)