Undeniably Connected

01/15/2014

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail, 1963

affects all indirectlyMonths before he delivered his significant speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. was bravely writing those responsible for his incarceration a letter that would become a crucial text for the civil rights movement. His April 16, 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail defends nonviolent resistance to racism, arguing that people have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws. Dr. King included the full text in his 1964 book Why We Can’t Wait.

we are all connected Mitch AlbomOn this day of his birth I feel especially energized to do what I can to make a difference! Beyond the kindness for all that I always share with smiles, kind words and courtesy, I can write letters. I can support organizations and individuals working towards diversity. I can express my opinions on how we are all the same and are deeply interconnected. I can encourage dialogue on what can be done. I can do something! I can raise my voice so that I may be heard.

What more can I be doing about bringing human rights to the forefront, towards eliminating poverty and promoting equality? If my neighbours, friends or family of any religion, orientation, skin colour or nationality were suffering from hate-mongering harassment, I’d be there like a mother bear, putting myself on the line for their safety.

Let’s be like those courageous passersby caught taking a stand by hidden cameras in the program What Would You Do and we would make Martin Luther King Jr. proud! Let’s take a stand for freedom and speak out against injustice. And, as many of the folks captured on that televised ‘social experiment’ have shown, we are most powerful when we are not angry. We have the loudest voice when it is spoken softly. Take a stand with calm firmness, and bring the higher vibration of love to the moment. Be a miracle worker.

Martin Luther King Jr photoIf witnessing an injustice directed towards a minority (by small-minded persons who fear ‘otherness’) let us speak up for them as we would have them speak up for us. Once we have stepped up, we open the situation to miracles. It’s been proven that other strangers step forward more quickly after the first person has spoken. We can lead the way with our example and help miracles to happen. Let’s speak up against any injustice we may witness, as well as those occurring beyond our immediate locale. Let’s do what we can to help keep Dr. King’s life-work alive and thriving.

  • Leviticus 19:18 NIV ~ Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
  • Luke 6:31 NIV ~ Do to others as you would have them do to you.
  • Whom should I despise, since the one Lord made us all. ~ Guru Granth Sahib, p.1237
  • What thou avoidest suffering thyself, seek not to impose on others. ~ Epictetus
  • Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss. ~ Laozi (Lao Tzu)

‘Do unto others’ is a concept no religion misses. All versions of the Golden Rule have one aspect in common: they urge that we treat others in a way in which we ourselves would like to be treated.

injustice Whatever affects one directly MLK

12 responses to Undeniably Connected

  1. 

    It is wonderful to have you in my life, Gina. Thank you for being the kind person you are.
    Russ

    • 

      Awww… Thanks so much Russ!!! I am deeply thankful that our paths crossed back when we’d both barely begun blogging. Your friendship has always inspired and encouraged me, both with your wonderful writing on your blogs and your always-supportive comments. Your friendship means the world to me!
      Hugs, Gina

  2. 

    If people could just realize that loving each other is the key to happiness and peace. Injustice is a form of hatred and all this does to people is destroy them.

    • 

      Thank you for this excellent comment with your wise observation. I agree whole-heartedly, and indeed encourage myself and everyone around me to remember that love is the key to happiness and peace. Hugs, Gina

  3. 

    What a wonderfully, stirring piece of writing, Gina. I am inspired by you!
    Thank you so much
    Lucy

  4. 

    Well said and a wonderful way to honour Dr. King.
    Diana xo

  5. 

    I used to teach Letter from Birmingham Jail and the I Have a Dream speech around his birthday when I taught high school English. I never got tired of turning kids onto the words of this great man. Thanks for the reminder, Gina. You’re an inspiration as well.

    • 

      Thank you so very much Pat because I too never tire of sharing his wise work. How wonderful that you shared it with your students every January. Lucky kids to have you as their teacher! Your kind comments cheer my heart always. Hugs, Gina

  6. 

    Gina, what outstanding thoughts and a beautiful dedication to a wonderful Man… Let us never forget his wisdom and let us all unite in his memory to ensure our world continues to honour the values he fought and died to uphold..

    Love and Blessings… You have a wonderful Heart… xxx Love Sue

    • 

      I am so glad you enjoyed this heartfelt post Sue. He will forever be one of my heroes and the day of his birth is very special to me. This post came together with much love and ease, and when I found the image of that precious angel-girl it the crowning glory to complete my compilation.
      Thank you for your very kind words. They mean so much! xox Blessings and Love, Gina