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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

This powerful statement was taken from Dr. Martin Luther King’s last speech on April 3rd ,1968. As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., it is important to remember his constant push for speaking out against injustice. This quote emphasizes how one can not just sit back and watch injustice when change is needed. During King’s political campaign, the United States was filled with racism and segregation. There was a divide in society between the white race and the African American race. African American’s were considered inferior to white citizens and received low-class treatment. While many people understood the inequality of the world, few people were willing to speak out. Martin Luther King Jr. like many of the heroes we examined, transformed from an ordinary man into a legendary figure. In his eyes a person’s greatest sin was to partake in silence in the presence of evil. King inspired people to take the passion they felt about freedom and justice, to speak out. His heroic actions are responsible for the world we live in today. Using non-violent actions, Dr.King showed how powerful one’s message can be. His strive to prove equality and show all people are created equal, will live in forever.

I believe this quote can apply to modern day situations. Some of our greatest history involved change, yet people today are often afraid to fight for it. One great example is the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal at Penn State. Many people around him knew the horrific actions he was committing but were afraid to speak out. Sometimes we refrain from speaking out because we assume speaking out means protesting with signs or acts of disobedience. In this case, speaking out would have changed the lives of the number of young boys, forever affected by this scandal.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/23924.Martin_Luther_King_Jr_

 

 

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If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”  This is a quote that directly ties in to what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for. MLK was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. King has become a national icon in the history of American Progressivism. Martin Luther King faced many obstacles including years of diversity. Martin Luther King was a very positive believer in everything he stood for, and took many steps in changing the rights of African Americans for the better. This is exactly what my quote entails. Even if things aren’t easy, and even if you can’t change something over night, you need to try and be patient. Certain things of great value such as Martin Luther Kings attempt at African American Equality take a long time to actually see results. Martin Luther Kings courage and bravery during this civil rights movement is one of the primary reasons, if not the primary reason that we have a black president in todays world. Had it not been for Martin Luther King Jr. you cannot honestly say that people would have voted for Barack Obama to be president. This alone shows that the actions that MLK took all of these years ago actually did leave a serious impact on many peoples lives today.

 

http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/23924.Martin_Luther_King_Jr_

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Junior

 

This is a quote that I believes signifies everything Martin Luther King Jr. stood for as a human being and a civil rights activist. His morals and principals of combating violence and discrimination with peaceful protest is what makes him a truly unique figure in modern history. Dr. King, it is well documented, always would tell his followers that you cannot fight back when someone does you wrong, you have to protest, peacefully. This quote basically sums it up that he did not believe that “darkness” (violence and crime) could be rid of the world with more “darkness.” This really does make a great deal of sense when you break it down and think about it like that. When he says that “hate” cannot drive out “hate” he is furthering that statement and saying that people need to learn how to mature an the course of violence will only stop once a side decides to mature and “love” the other side. This was hard for Dr. King’s followers to believe and some were skeptical of his practices, but as we see Dr. King was correct because it is maturity and growing up that equates to progress in society. Martin Luther King Jr. made a lot of things possible and set a standard for excellence when it comes to ratifying a national social dynamic and bringing about positive change in the world.

 

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Written in his collections of sermons Strength to Love (1963), Martin Luther King Jr. expresses, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” This expression was relative to “being a good neighbor” and can be found in Chapter Three of the collection. The question that is proposed at the beginning of the chapter is “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:29). The measure of a man during times of trials is a true test of character and informs all of who that man really is, who their neighbor really is.

I feel strongly that not only does this quote provide insight behind the true nature of our neighbors, but it also is at work in a modern context. Ever since the Great Recession hit in December 2007, people have been stripped of the comforts that many had taken for granted. Forced to live a completely new lifestyle, Americans began to show their true colors, or their ultimate measure, as Martin Luther King Jr. would refer to it. They are facing challenge and controversy head on, and many have fallen to those struggles; however, more impressively, many more have risen past those struggles demonstrating their character remains intact without the comforts and conveniences once experienced.

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“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”

             -Martin Luther King Jr.-

In “Letters from a Birmingham Jail” Martin Luther King takes the time to address the criticism about his practices and beliefs that are rocking the nation. In his letter he references Socrates, St. Augustine, and Jesus and uses them to support his beliefs and make clear to the reader where he is coming from and how he intends to get there. Looking at the quote above we can see that he is also alluding to the scientist Sir Isaac Newton and his  Laws of Motion. There are three aforementioned laws, and the last one being of the most importance in this instance, it states “every action has an equal and opposite reaction”. These two quotes, both spoken by great men, remind us that one’s actions cause someone else to make their own action, and that person’s action causes another person to act and so on and so forth. MLKJ was tired of the unjust treatment of his people and choose to act nonviolently in order to make a better world for his children and friends to grow up in. Just as Newton was trying to explain how objects worked when acted on by a force, MLKJ explained in his letter how small changes can indirectly cause a greater change.

Today we see his teachings being practiced not only by Americans but also by people and groups around the globe. Looking at the earlier posts, we can see how small peaceful protests can bring about change that can alter a country for the better. Even on our campus a small change, like championing for the removal of Chick-Fila from campus can bring change, the board of hearings, and incite both sides of the issue to stand up and speak out for what they believe to be right. For even if its just a snowflake falling onto a bank of snow, that one small flake could be the final straw that incites the avalanche of change.

Great quotes from great men

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“I would … say that [nonviolence] is a method which seeks to secure a moral end through moral means. And it grows out of the whole concept of love, because if one is truly nonviolent that person has a loving spirit; he refuses to inflict injury upon the opponent because he loves the opponent.”

An interview with Martin Luther King Jr. recently surfaced last August in regards to nonviolence. This excerpt from the interview clearly depicted King’s approach to the civil rights movement: a peaceful protestation, not a violent attack. This quote is a vivid representation of how fights should be fought – morally and peacefully. In order to achieve a “moral end”, one must reach this goal by “moral means”.

Many different people have stressed that King’s principles of nonviolence should be used in response to the Sandy Hook shootings. Currently, legislation is discussing options, such as reducing gun control and changing mental health policies, to curtail the violence in the United States. However, King’s approach to what happened in Newton, New Jersey, would be much different. Not to discredit what Congress is doing currently, but legislation would not be the only tool to combat this incident. As King implies, bringing about social justice involves changing the mindset of a country from violent to peaceful. How we, as a country, respond to different crises – terrorism, internal affairs, and other political, cultural, and social issues – reflects what we internally produce: violence. The United States has responded to these crises violently, and thus we have unknowingly aroused an internal warfare within our country. Excellent examples of these are the Vietnam War, the government’s response to the civil rights movement, Iraq War, and other instances.

Some believe that this pacifist approach might be impractical with our country, but it is essential to know that violence only produces more violence. This is why King emphasized the importance of nonviolence during the civil rights movement. He protested peacefully so that he might achieve his goal of equality through what is right and just. Even though his own fate ended violently, King had realized that this country would only achieve equality through peace and love, not through warfare and hate; he knew that violence would only create more violence. And in the end, our country was able to see that he was right. That is why today we remember his valiant efforts of fighting for a cause that he believed in through a loving, peaceful movement.

Interview: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2012/aug/24/martin-luther-king-audio-interview-video

Further research: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/bernice-king-martin-luthe_n_2488349.html

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Martin Luther King Jr. is a very important man in not only society from a while back, but still greatly remembered today. In his I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World he said that “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” I find this to be extremely inspirational and relevant in the world today. I believe that people think they can go about and do things however they feel they want too and that changes will be made without saying anything. In reality if you do not speak up about what you believe in and what you want done nothing will ever change. The world needs people to make changes for the better and speak up about what they believe in. Your life is very short and should be lived the way you believe it correct. No one should ever be silent about things that really matter, because if you are there will be nothing that comes out of it. If you never speak up about things that matter then your life will be short and full of nothing.  MLK Jr. is right when he says that our lives start ending when you do not say anything about the matter. It is important to voice your opinion no matter what the case is.

This quote came from the book written by Martin Luther King Jr. and edited by James Washington. It is called I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World.

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My quote is “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  This is a passage that Dr. King used in his “Where Do We Go From Here?” speech in 1967.  I believe this quote to somewhat be present in our lives today and somewhat not.  At the time of MLK he was a true believer of this statement.  He offered light into the darkness, rather than just harping on the darkness. Rather than just complaining and saying negative things about the darkness, he offered resolution and light to make the world a better place.  He thrived off of the hate that came upon him and his cause.  This hate helped fuel the fire and support his arguments for the better.  He loved everyone and was willing to forgive those who had wronged him before.  He was also willing to accept the help of others who may have once went against him.

In today’s world I believe this quote to still be one hundred percent true, and not always used.  When we as Americans attempt to change a community or society of another culture, we often go in their blind.  We go in there our way or the highway, not always paying attention or understanding the customs and cultures presiding over another society.   This creates darkness on top of more darkness and breed continuous and strong hate for other customs.  This doesn’t allow for change, and as we are witnessing, complicates it.

 

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“The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men”

This was put into his book Strength To Love, chapter 7, which was a collection of his sermons. I think this is amazingly applicable to today, especially in a world that is now run by computers, phones and television. I think the fact that technology is advancing so fast is something that is helping and also seriously hurting. We are beginning to slowly become much more of a secular world that relies heavily on the powers of science. This is not to say everyone needs to believe in a religion and be super spiritual, but material things have truly started to overrule values. I find that a lot of people are so caught up on getting the newest gadget that usually has one or two minor upgrades, then sticking with something that works just fine. We are constantly being thrown advertisements for new things when the old thing just came out a couple months ago. It is too much at this point. Stories and runors of nuclear weapons being made in foreign countries are horrifying. Soldiers on either side of the battle are dying over pointless violence and anger.

Rarely do stories come up on the news that are involved with the power of the human spirit. But I believe if we can realize that we are capable of working together and improving our conditions together, we can do amazing things.

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One quote that really stuck out to me by Martin Luther King Jr. was when he said, “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.” King Jr. said this in a speech in St. Louis, Missouri on March 22, 1964. This quote means that sometimes we, as in all Americans need to compromise and work together or we aren’t going to fix anything. Martin Luther King Jr. is referring to African-Americans and white people working together and compromising to end the laws of segregation and the African-Americans civil rights. I also feel that it could mean that violence and conflict solves nothing so we need to work together and get along to get things done.

We are all still trying to follow this quote in not only the world, but the United States as well. This quote can apply to the United States and the Middle East conflict. We both need to work together and come to some agreement so that this violence stops. Right now, we are just fighting each other to the death and thousands of lives are being lost. The war in Iraq and the Middle East is stupid and has been blown way out of proportion. Although the United States is a nation of great pride, we are going to have to compromise and do something to end this war.

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