“We must learn to live together as brothers. Or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. …”
from 1968 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
One of my heroes of the twentieth century was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His words and deeds have long outlived him. He lived and spoke words of truth and love, of cooperation, social justice and equality, respect and dignity for all peoples, cultures, and backgrounds. He is one of mankind’s great teachers, thinkers, healers, and uniters.
It was the fist and gun of hatred that killed King. In America’s and the world’s history, there have been others who were hated for speaking or acting for the equality of all people and then gunned down or murdered: Malcolm X, Viola Liuzzo, Steven Biko, Sitting Bull, Mahatma Gandhi, Medgar Evers, and Abraham Lincoln.
“I still believe that LOVE is the most durable power in the world. Over the centuries men have sought to discover the highest good. This has been the chief quest of ethical philosophy. …I have discovered the highest good. It is LOVE. This principle stands at the center of the cosmos.” from 1956
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I choose love, as did Dr. King. Love feeds the heart and the head blood and can lead us to feel more cooperative, calm, and compassionate towards others.
To show you how love and hate even said as words can affect objects in nature Dr. Masaru Emoto asked monks to pray over water and then froze that water into crystals. What he discovered shows us humans how even words and intentions about love and hate must affect us humans greatly, too. You can see the crystal for LOVE and one for “You make me sick” or “Hate” at:
In the case of Zak Ebrahim, he was taught to hate, but he learned peace and compassion. Watch his TED Talk:
I stand with uniters, and those with compassion for all peoples from the past and present. What do you choose?