Lessons From Martin Luther King

It isn’t the most eloquent quote he made in his short life on this planet, but I think it is quite fitting.

After all, a man or woman can’t react unless their blood is stirred into a passion for change.

When I wrote A Man’s Passion, it was a reaction I felt upon seeing the images displayed at the Peace and Justice Museum after watching the 60 Minutes episode highlighting its true intent. There are equally more invaluable quotes made from equally wise men, such as “Those who don’t learn from the lessons of History are doomed to repeat it.” Or my favorite, “Judge Not, less you be judged.

I’m sure many of us had hoped the lessons of Martin Luther King would have shined like a beacon of luminescent brilliance on our collective soul, just as those wonderful quotes from Jesus and Aristotle. But alas those truths rarely reveal themselves except once or twice a year, then only in times like this one when we honor this man’s greatness.

I found these great inspiring quotes from the internet. They are nuggets of truth, written and orated in a turbulent time by a man who, like Jesus, died too soon. It is what I consider our greatest irony of humanity that the good and great die off first, while the truly vile live to see the fruits of their corruption, greed and hatred go to seed to be harvested over and over again.

Much of what I write is based on my belief of whatever I feel is wrong with the way I view the world. I want to see humanity at its greatest, yet while many things have changed but many other has not, such as an impermeable passion for hatred and intolerance. It crosses every socio-economic class. It tears at the very fabric of our democracy and sense of decency. I pray for understanding in this time as we celebrate the greatness of Martin Luther King.

Published by Jerry Schellhammer

Jerry, a published author of both published and self-published books, is devoting his time and efforts to his craft after having retired from the previous job as a janitor at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. He now calls Gooding, Idaho his home. Writing is his passion and he now has a successfully published book and another on the way to being published later this year. He has a BA in English with emphasis in professional writing from Washington State University. His website: www.jerryschellhammer.com is available for everyone to see. In it are the lists of published books available both through Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook and print format.

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