Weekend Meditation: Disturbing The Pieces -- ...Submitted by LibBerte on Sun, 07/25/2010 - 11:31
... Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution
"I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom."
--- Dr Martin Luther King
Many of you know that on many occasions Ron Paul has named Martin Luther King as one of his personal heroes. Oh, there are many expedient reasons for a polititian to make that claim, and in this season of race card short shuffle, it would be popular to make that claim; but I'm convinced Dr. Paul's admiration for King is genuine. In the conservative circles in which Dr. Paul has run, it was courageous to state that affiliation, as he has for years. Though the left likes to claim Dr.King as their icon, the more you look into Martin Luther King's career and philosophy,( not the least of which was his stick-his-neck-out, bold antiwar stance where you can't help but recognize the comparison) the alignment of the two Drs. becomes all the more understandable.
I've heard those who would divide from the right push their smug agenda of personal oppobrium, but that has never daunted my honoring Dr. King's career; nor, I imagine, has it given much pause in Dr. Paul's assessment. I'll admit the more I recognize the humanity of Martin Luther King's life, the more I appreciate his heroicism.
Those who have followed some of my recent posts have no doubt noticed that I see Damon Vrabel's Renaissance 2.0 series as a culmination, on a rational level, of all I have hoped to impart to your subconscious in my meandering Weekend Meditations these past few years.
At Vrabel's website he makes this statement by way of biographical context:
"Favorite youtube videos:
Martin Luther King speeches. We've been trained to see him through our political lens. Big mistake. See him as a human and the words will affect you in profound ways."
This remark of Vrabel, together with where we find ourselves at this stage of our revolution, inspired me to revisit the pages of my shared hero's messages from the past. I want to offer some salient reminiscences rediscovered. I hope this voice speaks to you with some of the poignancy I encountered in memorial:
Don't let the cheap interest group ploys of polititians , and their handlers, co-op the fundamental truths of King's legacy. Own your response.
"I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the "isness" of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him... 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."
Nobel Prize acceptance speech (1964)
r`Evolution Of Value
"On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?" Expediency asks the question, "Is it politic?" And Vanity comes along and asks the question, "Is it popular?" But Conscience asks the question "Is it right?" And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right ..."