Martin Luther King Junior. A philosophy on human behaviour.


Why this topic? It’s inspired by my “addiction” to blogging and Facebook where I have
collected a number of “friends” who have similar ideas to me about justice  and the associated “lack of”, in the modern world.

Maybe it was ever so, but my world is in the here and now, the injustice that is pervading the planet is staring me in the face. My puny effort is to give my energy to the spreading of relevant information on the internet.

Talking of “puny”, how is this for a comparison of really substantial, meaningful and influential philosophy?  (Courtesy ‘Good Reads’, this extract from one of many pages linked here.)

Martin Luther King Jr. quotes (showing 1-30 of 445)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
Martin Luther King Jr., The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from “Loving Your Enemies”)”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.”
Martin Luther King Jr., I Have A Dream
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

No wonder he was feared for his influence, sense of justice and his wisdom, by the ungodly who chose to assassinate him.

Martin Luther King Junior was a giant among ordinary men, even above extraordinary men. Certainly above current world leaders, especially those that orchestrate, execute and support  the destruction of honest and innocent people.

He was a religious man, perhaps not taking into account the bigger picture of religion, that is, that other religions have their place in our global civilization, some of which currently create, and all of which have created, unnecessary disruptions in peaceful lives.

So there is a paradox of sorts, when MLK Jnr says that “religion gives man wisdom, which is control”, he ignores the fact that this is not an absolute, there are too many exceptions to give this statement credence.

If he had placed himself above religion, all his philosophy would have been indisputable. It, nevertheless serves as an impressive, universal guide to the whole world, a guide and education for all people to also place themselves above religion, at least that part which is far too attached to earthly fallibilities, and live by logical, humane principles.

This, theoretically would work for “normal people”, but of course there are those whose greed, selfishness and absolute ignorance of civilized behaviour, have no concept of what we are talking about, who will not even stop or slow down to think about MLK Jnr’s words, who do not have the mental capacity or whatever it takes to understand anything except violence as a solution to their problems and/or dreams.

I am not aware of any other person, or organization, that concentrates its teaching(s) on these particular principles and broadcasts them to the ‘rest of the world’ to the extent that it effectively reaches any other than the “already converted”.

As usual, reader comments are welcomed.

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About Ken McMurtrie

Retired Electronics Engineer, most recently installing and maintaining medical X-Ray equipment. A mature age "student" of Life and Nature, an advocate of Truth, Justice and Humanity, promoting awareness of the injustices in the world.
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