Martin Luther King Jr. Day:
I never cease to be blown away by Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, the performance by the great, great man, such beautiful words, so ‘musically’, so ‘poetically’ and so powerfully, yet gently, lovingly and kindly, spoken. I can’t watch/listen to it without tears welling up in my eyes. It is mesmerising, it is riveting.
Sadly – tragically – the US is still mired in the ugliness of racism and hate, the WORLD is still mired in the ugliness of racism and hate.
I share Martin Luther King’s dream. I dream of a time when the tolerance, love and brotherhood of which he dreamt and spoke on 28 August 1963 envelopes and lifts everyone up onto a plain of life on which there is no more racism, discrimination and hatred.
Oh how we could do with the great man visiting us now! The forces of racism, intolerance, arrogance and hatred are dragging civilisation backwards – it’s a tug of war between, on the one side, those who want democracy for all, freedom for all, human rights for all and, on the other side, those who want to destroy all of those aforementioned values which so many of us hold dear.
We still live in a world in which discrimination on the basis of race, colour, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, ancestry and age et al thrives – we live in a world in which there are those who discriminate against us simply because we are free and enjoy human rights. The world is a sad, bad place – there is so much beauty in it but the dark clouds of hate, intolerance, arrogance, unfairness and inequality cast a pall over us and dull the light of beauty.
…..but I dream…