Monday, January 16, 2012

What Martin Luther King Teaches Us About TODAY

On war and peace

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”

To Fox consumers

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

The selfishness and timidity of “friends”

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

who look the other way

“Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

On being a progressive

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” 

And to those who lack moral courage

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”

On the Roberts Court

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

And states codifying injustice

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

Greed, income inequality, and Republican values from Steele to Romney to Paul

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a "thing-oriented" society to a "person-oriented" society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

To those who would repeal even modest efforts to expand health care for all citizens

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

To President Obama, and us — quoting HIM

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there "is" such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

is not enough.

“There is no gain without struggle.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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