“To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you.
To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair.
To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple.
To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand.
To never look away. And never, never to forget.” ~ Arundhati Roy
As the world remembered Dr. Martin Luther King yesterday and the tragic shooting that ended his life, we are left with the reality of a world far from his dream. Black men are still targets, War is still a constant evil and the gap between rich and poor is widening. Dr. King must have had days when he was discouraged and felt the weight of all that is wrong with the world — the tragedy of our human failings. But he never ever gave up hope. He never failed to see others with respect and to believe that we would get to the promised land he saw. That is the gift the Nobel Prize committee recognized. The radical revolution Dr. King advocated was not popular. There were many — black and white — who criticized him for being passive, for not seeking power. He knew that our true power lies in nonviolence, and today that is more true than ever. Let’s continue to hear those voices and heed those calls…Betsy
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