Martin Luther King was an inspiring man. I have the utmost respect for someone who is prepared to stand up to injustice regardless of the danger to himself and someone who rejects violence as a way of solving problems. He was an intelligent man with a vision of a better world that was worth striving for.
I think his dream is becoming a reality. The sooner we rid the world of racism and tribalism the better.
‘There comes a time when silence is betrayal.’
If the silent majority raise their voices and demand that freedom and fairness apply, that nature needs protecting and there should be an end to war and poverty then it would be done.
‘A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.’
If you do not have ideals that you are prepared to stand up for then your life counts for little – it is empty and shallow. Who wants such a superficial existence?
‘Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.’
Hate leads to violence and violence is usually the worst thing you can do. It is rarely justified.
‘The time is always right to do what is right.’
It is no good waiting for a better time to come along. Now is all we have.
‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’
Whether that be to plants and animals, people or the planet itself. The selfish and greedy want it all for themselves and do not care about the outcomes of their actions.
‘We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.’
Anger can be a motivator but not when it results in violence.
‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.’
Our strength and purpose comes from what we are prepared to strive for. If it is merely wealth, status and comfort then we are not really living to the full.
‘In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.’
I’ve found that so often. When things go bad it is then you find out wh your real friends are.
‘Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.’
Why is it that human beings put so much stock in faith? They show a propensity to believe in anything that people tell them. They follow religion and superstition without the slightest shred of evidence. It is hardwired into our brains.
‘We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.’
If we unite we are strong. If we stay silent and keep our heads down the strong, wealthy and powerful bulldozer over our rights and the whole planet.
‘We want all of our rights, we want them here, and we want them now.’
‘Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.’
I’m all for forgiveness.
‘We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.’
Keep fighting for that goal of a planet and its people, animals and plants that are treated with respect.
‘Only in the darkness can you see the stars.’
Never give up hope or the struggle.
‘Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.’
Education is the answer to most things.
‘No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.’
You have to have a philosophy worth fighting for.
‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
The selfish, greedy culture is predominating. It has to be reversed. People are happiest sharing.
‘I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.’
Hate is acid.
‘No person has the right to rain on your dreams.’
The trolls and pessimists need to shut the fuck up!!
‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: Only love can do that.’
What a great sentiment to end on. We’d all do well to remember that whenever there is a knee-jerk call to bomb, kill and destroy. Rarely is violence justified.