Martin Luther King Jr. was many things to many different people, yet he was just a man.
He was a man with a vision of how he saw the impossibility of people living in equality happening. How he saw something of that magnitude back in the 50's and early 60's is beyond my comprehension. It's been 50 years since his. "I Have a Dream Speech" and we still don't have human equality in our world. For a half a century we have flirted with the idea of giving some people some rights, but not all people all their rights. We still live in a world of racism and intolerance to those we don't understand or agree with. We still live with the resentment carried over from our parent's generation which was learned from their parents and so on.
We seem to update our technology like our phones and computers, our cars and our PDA's, yet we live with the outdated technology that lives inside of our own belief systems. These are slow and antiquated, existing in a world of possibilities; a super highway of high speed technology capable of unimaginable things, yet limited by the speed of our processor which is my belief system.
So in the past 50 years, the progress has been slow. Things are better, yes, but are they acceptable? I think we all know the answer to that question, and we don't even have to answer it.
But I think it's important to ask the question.
The question fuels the answer. We ask the question until we can get a satisfactory answer.
When will we have simple human equality?
It seems like such a simple question, with such a complicated answer. Yet, it doesn't need to be.
So, to you Dr. King, thank you for your patience in seeing your dream ultimately come true for humanity. I am thankful for bold leaders like you because you show us what is possible inside of what was impossible. That once we link our common link of humanity together, we can forget our differences and give each other the love and respect that we all deserve as human beings from the day we are born to the day that we die.