Sunday, January 16, 2005

Martin Luther King Day, Monday.

I will share something from Dr King that isn't as well known, below. First though, I want to thank my guests and visitors to this blog, and I made some fixes because I didn't like how long it was taking to load, and it was distorted. Please let me know if it is not showing up well on your browser/screen.

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Now, in honor of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, here is one of his more little-known speeches, but very, very relevant for the times we find ourselves in now.

"A time comes when silence is betrayal."


The truth of these words is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover when the issues at hand seem as perplexed as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on.

Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. And we must rejoice as well, for surely this is the first time in our nation's history that a significant number of its religious leaders have chosen to move beyond the prophesying of smooth patriotism to the high grounds of a firm dissent based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading of history. Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movement well and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.


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