21 January 2013

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others”-Martin Luther King, Jr. 

While the above MLK Jr. quote certainly captures the spirit of this blog, my favorite MLK Jr. quote is “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”  When I get depressed about certain world events or political decisions and it feels like there is no way that it will ever change, I mediate on that quote for a few minutes. Justice will ultimately prevail. We may not be around to witness it, we may not be around to benefit from it, but it will happen. 

What a wonderful confluence of events: the inauguration for the first black president’s second term occurs on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum, there’s something beautifully poetic about that and it’s a beautiful reminder that history only moves in one direction—forward. 

Each inauguration is a reminder of the ideals on which America was founded, that, as Lincoln said, we have a government “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

Today, my $10 goes to The Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. The Center is dedicated to pursuing MLK Jr’s dream of justice and civil rights through peaceful means, as well as educating the world about MLK’s teachings. 

Jan.  21: The King Center  http://www.thekingcenter.org/

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