The Measure of a Man


The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography by Sidney Poitier.

I am going to recommend this book to everyone and instead of offering a proper review, I will just point out ideas I enjoyed.

  • Poitier speaks of the simplicity of childhood and the importance of family.
  • That self-taught wisdom is important at an early age for survival.
  • He states “…I had an irresistible boyhood fascination with the dark mysteries hidden behind the things I didn’t understand”.
  • That children need motivation and sense of purpose early.
  • That even with impressions and changes, children still ask philosophical questions.
  • He writes on the notions of race and class and divisions and definitions and stereotypes that people purposefully create to seek power.
  • That natural challenges will force a man to be a better man.
  • That self-improvement will increase self-worth, and he emphasizes the values of dignity, self-respect and acting honorably.
  • He writes about the importance of equal opportunity and respect for ancestors and family.
  • He writes of virtue and humility, and compassion for other human beings.

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