I wanted to share some simple thoughts that came to mind from my reading this past weekend of Martin Luther King's famous Letter from the Birmingham Jail. It still resonates today as deeply as it did when it was written, and is well worth the thirty minutes or so it takes to read and ponder.
All it takes for evil to prevail is for good people to stay quiet and do nothing.
Time doesn't see to it that everything works out in the end. We need to work for that end.
If justice and goodness aren't worth our time and best energies, then what is?
The best people in the past can give us wisdom on how best to deal with our present.
Against hatred, disunity, and great anxiety, love can prevail. But only if we live it.
Some things are worth taking a big risk to preserve: Truth, Beauty, Goodness, Unity.
All of us, across lines of race and gender, have common needs, hopes, and aspirations.
The powerful should speak up and work for the powerless, the rich also for the poor.
Any business, church, or community is a place where our deepest values matter.
The dignity of our common humanity requires that we rise up and strive for the best.