In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, we have a national holiday to commemorate his life and his forward thinking and believing what was possible here in the United States of America. He knew that his journey was not an easy one but that did not stop him. Many of his words inspire us today as we continue on this uneasy journey towards a democracy for all. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many of the racial inequities present in our healthcare, education, economic and working conditions. We are only beginning to see what is needed to regain a level of equilibrium and balance in this country.
Beyond a Starless Midnight of Racism And War
He said, “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brother(sister)hood can never become a reality….I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
Crisis Like No Other
We face a crisis like no other in this country. Democracy, as many have said, is a fragile system. There are those who seek to tear it down. There is much work ahead of us. Change is inevitable but violence is not. I see an opportunity for each of us to see what our moral and ethical values are guiding us in this moment. King spoke of the ‘bright daybreak of peace’ and us coming together as a people.
This is only possible if the ‘unarmed truth and unconditional love’ are a part of our lives and sought out by each of us. We need to work together to solve the many challenges we face as a country. Each voice can be heard…without the violence that we have seen in our Capitol.
Where is your moral compass? How is ‘unarmed truth and unconditional love’ a part of your life?
Peace and blessings during this most difficult of times,