MLK Day

Jan. 21st, 2014 12:48 pm
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Yesterday, after Arisia was over and the panels were done, I hopped on my bicycle and rode three miles to a gathering to celebrate Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King. The evening started with a reading of King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

As a slow reader and auditory learner, I found this to be a special and powerful opportunity to hear King's words. Lots of power there. Made even more powerful by the fact that the reading was done in a large group, where each person read a paragraph.

One of my favorite passages was a bit dealing with time and change:
'I had also hoped that the white moderate would reject the myth concerning time in relation to the struggle for freedom. I have just received a letter from a white brother in Texas. He writes: "All Christians know that the colored people will receive equal rights eventually, but it is possible that you are in too great a religious hurry. It has taken Christianity almost two thousand years to accomplish what it has. The teachings of Christ take time to come to earth." Such an attitude stems from a tragic misconception of time, from the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.'

[Emphasis mine]

So powerful, and so true, for so many things.
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