This is probably my favorite King quote. I think that it reveals the nature of Dr. King’s message as much or more than any of the others we are so familiar with.
Our rhetoric has become so hateful lately. Especially the political rhetoric surrounding some of the most profoundly important issues facing our nation. National security. Gun violence. Equality. Race relations. Economic instability and insecurity. All issues upon which our livelihood as a free society rest. But, the way we talk about them and about each other is, at best, bottom rung.
I wonder how Dr. King would react were he to hear the way we speak to each other. How would he feel to hear conservatives and liberals say they wish everyone on the other side did not exist?
….they wish people didn’t EXIST…
I dare say I think Dr. King would hang his head in sadness and disgust. That is not the legacy he left. Dr. King left a legacy of love and understanding. He left a legacy of light. We have all but extinguished that legacy with hateful and ugly rhetoric that benefits no one. We no longer speak to each other. Rather we just scream about each other.
My prayer on this day of honoring the memory of one of the greatest humanitarians in the epoch of human history is that 2016 would see an end to hostility and divisiveness and see a rebirth of unity and compassion.