A personal initiative to live more appreciatively

Monday, January 16, 2012

#54: MLK

In honor of today's observance, I am thankful for the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is easy to look at our country right now and see it fraught with tribulation. A recession that seems unending, a political environment so entrenched in division its becoming ineffective, a broken education system, millions unemployed...I may be affected by my lack of perspective due to relative youth, but these are hard times for America.

And yet, today, when one thinks of MLK, it is hard to not see how far we've come as a nation, how much hope there is that better days are ahead. If we could rise out of our oppressive past, if we could rally behind optimism and the intrinsic believe that right will prevail, we can prosper and prevail again.

There is so much more to be waged in the fight for equality, even here in America. Our forefathers founded our nation under the belief that "all men are created equal", and the efforts of MLK to make that not a philosophical belief but a living reality continues today. I personally believe, deeply, that every person, regardless of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, or ability are created equal and should be treated as such. I'm thankful that MLK made such a mark on our history, honor him for giving his life for the cause, and am optimistic that we will see a better tomorrow because of his legacy.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King, Jr

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