January 16, 2006

Happy Birthday Doc!

As you should know, today is the US national holiday celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the years since the civil rights movement was lead by Dr. King we've seen alot of progress and yet so much regression. The greatest crime of contemporary culture and the media has been the pigeon-holing Dr. King's message to make it seem as if he only served the black community. If you study his works and his sermons you'll realize that he came to serve all of humanity, every race, creed, and community.

Its a crime to treat this holiday as nothing more than a "black holiday" (or a Free day from school/work) and to suggest that his life didn't affect yours just because you are not of an African decent. Its your holiday too, realize it, embrace it, and help continue his legacy and his progress towards universal peace and tolerance.

God bless Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and everyone who continues his work. Here's a few quotes for you to chew on. Peace!

  • Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must ever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

  • I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.

  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

  • If man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.

  • In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

  • We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobile rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.

  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

  • Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

  • Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.


    At 1/16/2006 1:13 PM, Anonymous Yenta said...

    Yo, chico dude - thanks for the quote compilation. And the sentiment. In fact, you've said it better than I could ;)

    At 1/16/2006 3:58 PM, Blogger chico-towner said...

    Yo, Yenta! Thanks for the props and the mention in your great blog. By the way congrats on those nominations by the Isreali & Jewish Blog awards, your site must really kick ass if its getting 3 nominations. Feel free to quote from Chico Town whenever you like! peace...


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