Believe.Beauty.Dream

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Dreams

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was never at a loss for words when dispensing wisdom.  Her famous “dreams” quote sits majestically near my computer station, a constant reminder that I must believe in my dreams.  A wonderful thought, indeed, with subtle complexities.  Before you can believe, it seems that you must define the dream within the framework of beauty.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in a dream.  He defined it with passion and eloquence.  The world saw beauty.

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” 

 Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

This week, the focus will be on dreams within the context of the human experience. We seek to achieve goals that gratify our deepest longings, and give purpose to our lives.  As Jack Kerouac once said, “All human beings are also dream beings.  Dreaming ties all mankind together.”

 

An Activist on Peace

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Peace on Earth

“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 believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement.  He was strongly influenced by Howard Thurman, an educator and civil rights leader who had met and conferred with Mahatma Ghandi in earlier years.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was inspired by Gandhi’s approach to seeking peaceful solutions via non-violent means.

Martin Luther King, Jr. used non-violence to combat racial inequality, poverty, and the Vietnam War.  His message – harmony could only be achieved through peaceful endeavours.  With all his heart, he believed peace could be a reality – it was within reach.

Peace on earth begins with unarmed truth and unconditional love.