Friday, December 15, 2017

 

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

 
I was in high school when JFK was killed; in college when RFK and MLK were killed, which might be part of the reason I lost trust in our "leaders". Then, in Southeast Asia and Korea, I learned in a very small way what it was to be disliked by the majority of the people who lived there. There were 19 of us on an island with about half a million South Koreans. I was ignorant, stupid and armed - which increased resentment of the local people. Some of my ignorance was corrected by realizing that we as Americans don't outnumber the rest of the world. And many of those people hold strong non-Christian religous beliefs. Three years in Hawaii, which is a part of the USA - but - haoles (caucasians) are in the minority helped me understand that we as human beings need to treat others as we would like to be treated.

What does that have to do with the MLK quote above? I see those traits in our state and our country by representatives elected by US.

Reverend King was almost stabbed to death speaking in Harlem in 1958; in 1960 he was arrested at a lunch counter sit-in in Atlanta, sentenced to 4 months in jail, but intervention by John and Bobby Kennedy got him released; arrested and jailed in Albany, Georgia in 1962; in 1963 he was arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama; in 1964, he ws stoned by Black Muslims in Harlem; he won the Nobel Peace Prize the same year; in 1965, he was arrested in Selma, Alabama during a voting rights demonstration; in 1967, after the Supreme Court upholds his conviction for parading without a permit, he spends four days in the Birmingham jail; on April 4th he is shot to death in Memphis by James Earl Ray.

This man could have given up - I think most of us would have after our first night in a southern jail - but he didn't and that is what made him great.

 

"I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows." - Susan B. Anthony