Monday, January 17, 2011
It Doesn't Have To Stay A Dream.
Today we celebrate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr. Of course we all know the great impact this man had on the world. It would be a disservice to the man to say he only changed the way African-Americans thought and acted. The way he lived and lead changed everyone and continues to do so. I can see some of his peace and fervor for justice and equality in our President. It saddens me to think that Dr.King would be disappointed in the way that society has regressed. There are too many people who are trying to reinforce that we are not all equal and that we all don't deserve the same HUMAN rights and freedom to live. The tragedy in Tuscon, Arizona is an example of this. That young man was influenced by people who are preaching that their way of thinking is the only way and if someone doesn't think or feel the same they must be silenced. That is not what America is. He took the lives of people who just wanted to take part in the democratic process. The youngest being a 9 year old girl who had just begun to live. As a congresswoman fights for her life, I can't help but think of Dr.King and all of those people like who fought,bled and died for us to have better lives would be filled sadness and confusion. America is a place where we should be comfortable to be who we are and not live in fear of losing our lives for having a difference in opinion. We are on the cusp of greatness as a nation, if only we can get those who blinded by their own agendas out of the way. If one has a weak mind it doesn't take much to sway their thinking and that is exactly what happened. The shooter in Tuscon is a highly intelligent person who was looking for guidance and he found it in the wrong place. Dr.King said "Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true." What is happening in our society is nothing but the product of a hateful society. If we can slow down and actually LISTEN to each other long enough to see the validity and falseness in each others' statements we be well on the way to being a loving, united and understanding society and world. We will be able to recognize the beauty in the world. King proclaimed that he had a dream that all of us no matter our color,beliefs, or other differences would be able to live in harmony and peace. If we take action now to stop tragedies like Tuscon from happening in other places, his dream can and will become a reality.