Monday, January 16, 2006

MLK. a hero to one. a hero to all.


After contemplation, I conclude that this award which I receive on behalf of that movement is a profound recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time - - the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to violence and oppression. Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation. Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood, If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

I accept this award today (nobel peace prize) with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the "isness" of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal "oughtness" that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsom and jetsom in the river of life unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.

I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today's motor bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men. I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down men other-centered can build up. I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed, and nonviolent redemptive good will proclaimed the rule of the land. "And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid." I still believe that We Shall overcome!

This faith can give us courage to face the uncertainties of the future. It will give our tired feet new strength as we continue our forward stride toward the city of freedom. When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds and our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, we will know that we are living in the creative turmoil of a genuine civilization struggling to be born.

I think Alfred Nobel would know what I mean when I say that I accept this award in the spirit of a curator of some precious heirloom which he holds in trust for its true owners - all those to whom beauty is truth and truth beauty - and in whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.
-martin luther king jr.
(paraphrased nobel peace prize speech)
please check out this amazing site:
www.nobelprize.org

6 comments:

Couchy said...

Thank you for posting that.

Meggios said...

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality." MLK

Thank you for reminding us of the affects of his powerful words & of his life that demonstrated unarmed truth & unconditional love. He not only talked to talk, but he walked the walk. He is a great man to look up to & one that never gave into the temptations of power, but followed after God & what He wanted him to do.

Thanks again!!!!

Moe said...

Change...
It's amazing to think that a single soul could have such a profound effect on society. And not just any soul either - a soul that from the start had a disadvantage purely becuase the majority of people were not open to hearing his words because of something so silly as skin color.
And still today blacks struggle against prejudice. Why is it that the poorest of the poor are people of color? And maybe it shouldn't be called prejudice, but certainly it qualifies as intolerance. There's so much people can do, yet so much we don't. And why? Because the more "worthy" causes of war and destruction have taken its place.
Intolerance...
"What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature"
-Volataire

Moe said...

*Voltaire

My bad.

Anonymous said...

I believe that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave us the greatest example of Christ-likeness in modern times. The often subversive, but always love-driven message of Jesus rings loudly in the actions and message of King, a sacrificial hero who showed us that love is the way. He showed us that Christ's message is still relevant and just as necessary. He preached the same message, faced the same govenmental scrutiny, and, not ironically, was killed by those who feared him.

christianbboy said...

MLK rocks man. He's a real good example, not afraid to stand up for those he needed to fight for, to protect what God created, and what God's perfect will is. Hero to all (: