Just came across this ageless speech of Sir Martin Luther King today which i find perfect for the Critical Imaginary – a”>critical situations world is facing nowadays. How ‘Ageless? It addresses three moral illnesses that you can relate to no matter whichever time you are from.
- Racism 2. Excessive Materialism 3. Militarism
Can i also call it placeless ? Sadly , yes.
” We have come here because we share a common concern for the moral health of our nation. We have come because our eyes have seen through the superficial glory and glitter of our society and observe the coming of judgment like the prophet of old…
No one can overlook the wonders that science has wrought for our lives, the automobile cannot abdicate in favor of the horse and buggy or the train in favor of the stagecoach or a tractor in favor of the hand plow or the scientific method in favor of ignorance and superstition but our moral lag must be redeemed when scientific power outruns moral power we end up with guided missiles and misguided men!
There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher classes!
..we place insatiable military demands above their most critical needs..
Men of reason should no longer debate the merits of war or means of financing war; they should end the war and restore sanity and humanity…
So let us stand in this convention knowing that on some positions how it has asked the question ‘is it safe’, Expediency asks the question ‘is it politic’, vanity asks the question ‘is it popular’ but the conscience asks the question ‘is it right‘ !
On some positions it is necessary for the moral individual to take a stand that is neither safe nor politic nor popular but he must do it because it is right!
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar, it understands that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring!
A nation that continues to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death! “
Here is the full historic speech of Martin Luther King on new politics.
What is born will die for sure.. hence the question is not whether we will live or die, the question is how we live and how we die.