Monday, January 17, 2011

I have a dream

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

This morning, the kids woke up like any other Monday morning.  Rather than spend the day at school, they are home.  A day off. 

Today we celebrate the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

I find it eye opening that children, at least my children, seem to fully be able to comprehend the importance of his work, especially given that so many adults can't seem to understand it.

Children have an innate sense of fairness and equality. 

They can see that the proper treatment of other human beings isn't something that exists on a scale of acceptability.  There is right and there is wrong.  There isn't a gray area in the middle, it's one or the other.

They aren't old enough to be selfishly concerned about their own livelihoods and the perceived threats made upon it by other people. 

They haven't yet labored under the false assumption that they are better than anyone else, more deserving than anyone else.

They are young, they are ideal.  They see the world as it should be, not as it is.

They haven't become cynical and jaded.  They hold no grudges. 

They have no fear of that which is different.  Instead, they are intrigued and want to learn more.

They aren't afraid of change.  They see the value in striving for better.

We could all learn a lot from children.

We should all try, at least for today, to see the world as they do.  As this man hoped that someday we all would.

Like Mr. King, I have a dream too. 

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.

May that dream someday be a reality.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent.

    I have a dream to share today too.

    I have a dream that the ignorant seize to teach it.



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