I believe in the future of humanity. I believe our species’ most prosperous, peaceful, and enlightened times are ahead. I am living my life in a way that turns that belief into reality.
Today I am recognizing the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s 90th birthday. As has become tradition on this blog, I am doing so by posting the video of Dr. King’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech delivered August 28, 1963.
We have deep divisions in our country and in our world. Some are the same and some are different than they were in 1963. We are still engaged in the same battle, though. It is a battle between our highest aspirations and our darkest impulses.
While Dr. King’s speech was aimed at the specific circumstances in The United States in the early 1960s, its message is timeless and transcendent. The speech’s contemporary appeal is attributable to universal message of hope for a better world and a better us. It dares each of to look into our hearts and measure ourselves according to a clear and powerful vision of what can be – what must become – on this planet.
I think its message is worthwhile to periodically watch, absorb, and share with those too young to remember those times and too young to yet understand our times.
It is a message that needs to be heard in Israel and Gaza, Pakistan and India, Iraq and Afghanistan, and, yes, in the halls of power in Washington, London, Moscow, Beijing, and at the UN in New York. It’s a message that needs to be heard in our homes, in our places of worship, and in our hearts.
Nothing is more certain than that the people of this planet long and deserve to be free. They long to be free to pursue their goals, their dreams in their way.
In too many places, man’s inhumanity to man remains the rule of the day. Let us – all six billion of us – heed Dr. King’s wise words. Let us create a new dream where we learn live in peaceful disagreement and a spirit of sharing rather than in mutual disrespect, anger, and conflict . Let us create a world where we work together to bring about justice.
Then, we too, can say, “Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty. We’re fee at last.”
Stay in your truth!