Monday is Martin Luther King Day Here in the States. And it's a beautiful day to be reminded of and contemplate MLK's inspiring and hopeful message.
I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear,” Martin Luther King, Jr. once said. He was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement. He kept the company of Thich Nhat Hanh and was inspired by Mohandas Gandhi. Born in 1929 in Alabama, Martin was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35.
He was assassinated at age 39, on the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee. He was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city. His message of equality, love and peace lives on and continues to guide many peace lovers today.
"I am convinced that love is the most durable power in the world. It is not an expression of impractical idealism, but of practical realism. Far from being the pious injunction of a Utopian dreamer, love is an absolute necessity for the survival of our civilization. To return hate for hate does nothing but intensify the existence of evil in the universe. Someone must have sense enough and religion enough to cut off the chain of hate and evil, and this can only be done through love. -Martin Luther King, Jr., 1957