January 20, 2013

We Have a Dream

Posted in Uncategorized at 09:53 by Miracle

……….On every third Monday of the year, The United States of America observes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  For some reason, his birthday on January 15 also adhered to my memory, and that led to a sudden inclination to read his vital speeches last week.  His well-known “I Have a Dream” earned him the distinction as one of America’s greatest orators, and the aforementioned has been ranked as the top American speech of the 20th century in a certain poll in 1999, and rightly so.  I read his important speeches not without tears.  They moved me so much, but more than being eloquent and affecting, the very same speeches transformed a nation.  However, having received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, it was his Nobel Lecture that I found very meaningful, and I would not be writing about him and sharing excerpts of it if his words were not pertinent to all of us even up to this day.

 ……….“Modern man has brought this whole world to an awe-inspiring threshold of the future. He has reached new and astonishing peaks of scientific success.  He has produced machines that think and instruments that peer into the unfathomable ranges of interstellar space.  He has built gigantic bridges to span the seas and gargantuan buildings to kiss the skies.  His airplanes and spaceships have dwarfed distance, placed time in chains, and carved highways through the stratosphere.  This is a dazzling picture of modern man’s scientific and technological progress.

……….Yet, in spite of these spectacular strides in science and technology, and still unlimited ones to come, something basic is missing.  There is a sort of poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance.  The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually.  We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.

……….Every man lives in two realms, the internal and the external.  The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion.  The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live. Our problem today is that we have allowed the internal to become lost in the external.  We have allowed the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live.  So much of modern life can be summarized in that arresting dictum of the poet Thoreau: ‘Improved means to an unimproved end’. This is the serious predicament, the deep and haunting problem confronting modern man. If we are to survive today, our moral and spiritual ‘lag’ must be eliminated.  Enlarged material powers spell enlarged peril if there is not proportionate growth of the soul.  When the ‘without’ of man’s nature subjugates the ‘within’, dark storm clouds begin to form in the world.”

……….With the fast-approaching elections, the numbers of political killings are also escalating.  In a time like this, it is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s upholding of nonviolence and his renunciation of physical violence that is most striking.  He encouraged fighting battles in dignity and discipline and believed that physical force must be met with soul force.

……….“… violence never brings permanent peace.  It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.  Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all.  It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert.  Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love.  It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible.  It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue.  Violence ends up defeating itself.  It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.”

……….I can only conclude that political groups who resort to vicious acts of violence against innocent human beings are not concerned about serving the people, but are undeniably after power.

……….We have a dream that such groups would stop being so barbaric and uncivilized.  We have a dream that those who support them would cease being so blind, and put an end to having their loyalty and dignity bought by short-lived wealth and favors.  We have a dream that instead of nourishing the appetite for power, the peace of mind and safety of our citizens be considered the chiefest priority.


Filed under Kape-Writed Articles from The Mindanao Observer


  1. gelliman said,

    *Applauds* Martin Luther King and Ate Miracle! 😉


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