“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
There is no way to adequately express the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the psyche of the world. I don't know whether it was the depth of his character, or the content of his words, or the ample reality of his physical being that lent him the out-sized gravity he wielded. I guess it doesn't matter, but in my lifetime, he has carried the authority of ultimate truth more than any other human being. And, what he spoke about almost exclusively was love, justice, and equality.
I have been told on more than one occasion that I am naïve; that I don't understand the very real and present danger that we live in today. We could make a long list of potential threats, and still probably leave some out. There is much to fear, not the least of which is the ever increasing popularity of violent extremism on all sides. The problem is that fear begets fear, violence begets violence and love begets love, peace begets peace—we have a choice. One does not lead to another; we can not kill our way to peace, nor hate our way to love. They don't overlap like layers on a cake. We have to choose which ones we will live by. Choose fear or love; choose violence or peace.
In the face of hatred and violence, Martin chose love and peace. And, yes, he died for it, but he did not sell his soul. Instead, he said: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Unarmed truth and unconditional love are choices we make, and then pray that we have the courage, as he did, to stand in their light.
In the Spirit,