Happy Birthday, Reverend King

“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” Martin Luther King, Jr  –  Atlanta, GA 1967

The world is a troubled place, still, and the US seems to be suffering an abundance of misplaced anger and unnecessary fear. So, in honor of the 87th birthday of Martin Luther King Jr, I’m just going to share some of my favorite quotes.

Enjoy the weekend (and for many of us in the US a long weekend courtesy of the Monday Holiday meant to honor him).

“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind”

“Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts”

“We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right”

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final say in reality. Right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant”

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday, Reverend King”

  1. Thanks, Kit – yes, ultimately learning how to think – and how to research things for ourselves, is so important, but that skill has gotten lost as our educational system has become more focused on standardized tests – all we teach is short-term memorization of information that may or may not be all that useful. When we know how to think critically, we can acquire facts as we need them, and we are less prone to being swayed by hyperbolic sound bites.

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  2. I love the quote about education. I read something recently about how most of what we’re taught in school we never need in life and realized the author was focused on the topics taught instead of the thinking skillswe are meant to learn.

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