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Hate is always tragic…Martin Luther King Jr.

“Hate is always tragic.  It is as injurious to the hater as it is to the hated.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.”

Martin Luther King Jr. was probably the biggest proponent of no hate and racial equality.  He worked hard at educating people and helping them to understand that racial equality wasn’t just about blacks and whites.  It was about the human experience and human interactions.  We need to take care of each other.  By respecting one another and no longer be hateful or violent toward one another the equality will come together.

We all know that the Civil Rights Movement has made huge strides in equality for our country, but we still have so much more to do to get where we belong.  Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech is by far one the greatest speeches of all time. I know it’s my favorite.  Quickly followed by Winston Churchill’s speech uniting the world against the tyranny of the political beliefs of the Nazis.  And, of course, John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address when he spoke his famous words, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

Imagine if we all stood together and thought in those terms everyday.  There would be a lot less hate and a lot less violence in this world.  Martin Luther King Jr. understood the power of peaceful demonstrations.  He understood the need for equality. Take hate out of race relations.

Sadly, I don’t think many of the activists today understand this concept anywhere near the level that Martin Luther King Jr. did.  He wanted to help all people.  Not just a select group, but all people.  How can we work together to ensure that everyone has the chance for better jobs and better lives now and in the future?

It seems like today so many of the “causes” out there are geared toward how an individual or group can further their own agenda and pocketbook. I can’t help but think Martin Luther King Jr. would turnover in his grave should he see how human rights and equality has been so manipulated for political and personal gain.

But I choose to believe in people.  People are smart. And they are going to see things for what they really are. They understand that things need to change.

So, let’s celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. for all that he envisioned and for all that he did. Let’s not celebrate it for the day it may give you off of work, but for what it really means.  I want to challenge everyone to read his speech  “I Have A Dream”.  Listen to his word.  It is so thought provoking and moving.  If you read or listen to his speech and get nothing out of it, well then, I feel sorry for you.

As for me, when I listen to his speech I can’t help but feel inspired.  I want to wake up in the morning wondering what I can do to make a positive difference in this world. How can I help my fellow man?  I think Martin Luther King Jr. believed in helping ourselves by helping our neighbors.  He wanted to help all communities needing to be lifted up.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one of the few holidays that I really enjoy because it is a reminder to myself to reflect on what kind of person I am and who I want to be as a human being.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you think about Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision.  And I would love to hear how Martin Luther King Jr. Day inspires you.  But, more importantly, how can we help others and do it without hate and violence.  Just imagine how much better the world would be.

“Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

 

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