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.