They Say It’s Your Birthday

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so It seems wrongs to write about anything else. But, I just know if I try and write something poignant and sentimental, it’s going to come off preachy and lame. I can’t just write my usual silliness though. I mean, then I’d just seem like a jerk. I’ve got to somehow write something light and amusing that seamlessly turns around in the end to makes a serious and meaningful statement. OK, here I go…

Wait, wait, wait, pause please. OK, I’m having trouble with this light and amusing part already. I just don’t feel comfortable making jokes about MLK day. I mean, let’s face it, I’m white. And I know that white people are included in Martin Luther King’s dream. But, in his waking state, a lot of them were not very cool. And, I’m not just white, I’m a pale pasty white, which is undoubtedly worse. I would go to a tanning salon, but then I wouldn’t be able to make fun of people who go to tanning salons. And I’m not really prepared to make that sacrifice. So you see the problem here? Maybe I should just talk about unicorns for a second?

Aren’t unicorn’s amazing!!? There really is nothing more wonderful and majestic than a herd of wild unicorns taking flight on the distance horizon. Their wings and proud horns silhouetted by the crimson sun, setting into the early dusk. It’s a sight everyone must see at least once the their lives.

There. I feel better, don’t you?

Ok, back to King. You know, I think the reason it’s hard to write anything about Dr, King is that, not only was his life and actions incredibly important, but he also spoke about what he did on a level that almost no one can compete with. Any feeble attempt I would make to comment on civil rights, brotherly love, or the man himself, would  just seem pale and impotent beside the elegant and compelling oratory power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In my extensive research for this blog, which consisted mainly of googling “Martin Luther King,” I found an endless supply of amazing quotes that illustrate the vision and eloquence of this great American leader. But I wanted to share this one because, in addition to all that, this little quotes shows something else amazing, and possibly most important of all, about the man. In a deeply cynical age, and in a world of suffering and war, Dr. King was an eternal optimist. And I think that’s what we all want to be, if we could. We all desperately want to put our faith in love, compassion and the goodness of our fellow man. We just need someone to help us believe again.

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 brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Be well,

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12 Responses to They Say It’s Your Birthday

  1. Susan says:

    I have also been reading all sorts of Dr. King’s quotes and speeches today. It is amazing what a good orator he was and how much meaningful words he had to say. You picked a great quote!

  2. excellent choice of a quote. he not only dreamt it, he preached it. he walked the walk for it. he went to jail for it. he was followed by his government for it. his house was bombed for it. and he gladly died for it. thank you for “turning our thoughts today” to martin luther king.

  3. stefanie says:

    Very nice Eliot. I was alive during in his lifetime and what is more amazing is that I’m still alive. Ha, no really I do remember his assassination as well as Kennedy’s. I was very young but I still remember the feeling that something BIG had happened in both events. I have never read the quote of his you posted, thanks for sharing it. Also thanks for being committed to your blog. I do believe I’m already starting to expect to read it everyday!

    • eliotjames says:

      Thanks Stef!
      I for one am really glad you’re still alive. I read some of your writings yesterday. Funny stuff! You should do it more often. You are the wind beneath my wings.

  4. Diane says:

    Sometimes I ‘fall in love’, and then get to know that person, only to find out I was right. You continue to give me reasons to love you.

  5. Tom Walken says:

    What people say and the words they use are important. Whether it is the small voice of a stranger waiting in line at Starbucks, a self-promoting talking head, or a visionary leader like King or Obama whose words are heard by millions, each statement, each step in the direction of tolerance and social justice will make it more likely that the words that follow will be words that heal rather than divide.

  6. … Ah.. that’s just lovely Diane! 😀 Seconded!

    but a huge ”HERE HERE!” For the quote!

    (well.. as huge as the text will go in this box… so you will just have to use your imagination! Yet it is being flown over head by a blessing of Unicorns! So it is BIG)

  7. eliotjames says:

    Thanks Michelle. Unicorns are the way to my heart.

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