Monday, January 20, 2014

MLK: The ultimate freedom fighter

Every once in a millennial does society produce a truly transformational and transcendent person...

...a man/woman that towers over contemporaries; a visionary for humankind and justice; and an unwavering figure that stands firm in his convictions.

MLK was one.

Following in the footsteps of Jesus and Gandhi, Martin Luther King believed in the power of love over hate. Thus King rooted the civil rights movement under the principle of non-violent resistance.

As he once stated:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
MLK day should be a day -- especially in our era of increasing income inequality -- that we not only reflect on the direction of our country; we must also take personal inventory of our individual service to our community.
How have I used my time to better society? What have I given back to those less fortunate? How have I passed on the King legacy to the next generation?
Point in case: We can complain about youth culture, music, fashion, behavior etc., but if we are not connected and actively engaged with our youth, how do we expect them to live the Dream? 
We are the leaders we are waiting for -- but is our commitment and dedication there? Once again, as King stated:
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability,
but comes through continuous struggle.
And so we must straighten our backs
and work for our freedom.
A man can't ride you unless your back is bent.

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