Posts Tagged 'Martin Luther King Jr.'

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/20/20

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We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.”   —   Martin Luther King Jr.

(I feel like I cheated a little on today’s Cryptoquote.  I always note the punctuation first, so the “XP.” really stood out.  And, knowing what day it was told me who the author was, and that became like a key for me.  I didn’t even bother trying to identify the Es.  It’s a fine quote.  Dr. King really knew how to turn a phrase. 

It is so disheartening that the U.S. has seen such a revival of racial hatred, over the last 12 years.  It started as an ugly reaction to the election of Barack Obama as President.  He never used it as an excuse, but the undercurrents of racism were palpable.  But the racial vitriol that President Trump spews – on a regular basis – has only emboldened those who merely whispered, snickered, and voted against Obama policy initiatives during 44’s two terms, and they have brought their ugliness out of the shadows.  I had always thought/hoped that racism would just die out – like the dinosaurs – but it seems it was more of a dormant volcano, always too ready to reawaken and blow.  Take heart though in some of Dr. King’s quotes about love.  To keep the faith keep this quote in mind:  “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.”  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/08/19

Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control.”   —   Martin Luther King Jr.

(I was a little annoyed with myself with today’s Cryptoquote.  I always write down the punctuation before I try to identify the “E”.  And, I try to NOT focus on the author.  But, I saw the author right away, and once you see it you can’t un-see it.  So, I had my *key*.  I quickly saw that the “O” was the “E”, but it felt like cheating.  Doctor King was a minister, and the son of a minister, so that explains his view, which I – for one – do not agree with.  A great man, but to each their own.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 02/21/19

True compassion is more than flinging a coin at a beggar.”   —   Martin Luther King Jr.

(Treat the beggar with the same respect you would any other person.  I’m probably the furthest thing from being a religious person, but this puts me in mind of the salient line:  There but for the grace of God, go I.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS. I suppose this doubles as a good day in Black History month moment!   —   YUR

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(Belated) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/03/18

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”   —   Martin Luther King Jr.

(But, today we live in an age of specialization.  And manual/menial labor is looked down upon, by far too many.  In many ways we have lost our way.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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A Message for Us All

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That includes you too, Antifa!  Heed the words of a great man.  Hate and confrontation just make matters worse.  Be well and do good, friends.   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 01/20/14

 

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Martin Luther King leaning on a lectern. Deutsch: 1964: Martin Luther King Português: Martin Luther King (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”   —   Martin Luther King Jr.

(The powerful will beat you down and/or exhaust you to the point where you think that it no longer matters what you say.  Don’t give them that satisfaction.  Don’t let them silence you.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

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Cryptoquote Spoiler – 05/03/13

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Gracie Mansion, Rev. Martin Luther King press conference / World Telegram & Sun photo by Dick DeMarsico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is:  What are you doing for others?”   —   Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

(Sadly, not everybody sees life this way.  Some  people are so caught up in the:  I got mine.  The rest of you can suck it! mentality.  And in my experience, these same people consider themselves to be . . . religiously virtuous.  You almost have to laugh at the irony.  Almost.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 07/13/12

 

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Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”   —   Martin Luther King

(“Now, when I say question the whole society, it means ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together. These are the triple evils that are interrelated.”  Nearly 45 years later and we’re still experiencing the same problems.  One could argue that things are even worse, in some ways.  We need to shine a bright light on greed, corruption, racism and hatred of all kinds.  Because these are the germs and spores of an unhealthy society.  Justice Louis Brandeis said: “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”  Society needs openness and transparency.  Love and light are what promote health . . . and growth.  We need to drive out the darkness that is holding us down.  So. . .  Where Do We Go from Here?  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 09/09/10

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Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”   —   Martin Luther King Jr.

(It’s almost as if he were speaking exclusively to the Tea Party movement.  I’m sure that the Knave of Tears and the *new* Queen of Mean couldn’t/wouldn’t hear/understand these words.  But, I’d like to believe that there are some – who’ve been swept up by this jingo-mania – who will spit out this toxic Kool-Aid, and dis-embrace the haters.)   —   YUR 


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