By Lawrence Pfeil, Jr.
On the third Monday of January, our nation pauses to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Imagine if we had the slain civil rights leader back on that one day, what would he see in America today?
In 1963, Dr. King spoke his most iconic words.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color
of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
In 2020 he would see a nation consumed by social media. A world which judges people even more on appearance and less on character; that makes people famous for nothing; and “influencers” who are valued for their popularity, not their quality. King’s Dream deferred has led America into one of the darkest periods of our history.
At this critical juncture, I believe Dr King would remind us all
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Admittedly, there is much about which to be angry, outraged and hate these days and I for one am sick and tired by it. I’m exhausted by it but I’m not giving up.
“Hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love.”
Cursing the darkness doesn’t help, standing up with facts and justice does. If that doesn’t work, there’s always humor. Mark Twain said, “against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” Divided as our country may be, the fact remains we are all woven together in one American tapestry.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
“I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems.”
Dr King may not be with us today, but he left us an abundance of wisdom and instructions to get us to tomorrow.