A great time to be alive

I have the personal faith that mankind will somehow rise up to the occasion and give new directions to an age drifting rapidly to its doom.  In spite of the tensions and uncertainties of this period something profoundly meaningful is taking place.  Old systems of exploitation and oppression are passing away, and out of the womb of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born.  Doors of opportunity are gradually being opened to those at the bottom of society.  The shirtless and barefoot people of the land are developing a new sense of “some-bodiness” and carving a tunnel of hope through the dark mountain of despair.  “The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.”  Here and there an individual or group dares to love, and rises to the majestic heights of moral maturity.  So in a real sense this is a great time to be alive.–MLK, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech

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