"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" Martin Luther King Jr. (1963)We remember Martin Luther King Jr. because despite the odds being stacked against him, his cause was virtuous and righteous. Some will shout him down still, throwing his humanity and flaws in the argument as if that makes the causes of liberty and justice somewhat less than. It doesn't. Unfortunately, one of the greatest men to champion the ideals that our republic should stand for was gunned down on this day, but the truth of his words lives on. The rightness of his prose echoes through history, with a booming authoritative voice on the idea that we should judge each other by character, and that alone. He was the ideal that this republic stood for.He faced danger, prison and ultimately an assassin's bullet, but it would not deter the man who is arguably in the top most influential people to have ever lived, certainly at least in our modern age. The right thing is not always the popular thing. To go along to get along is not always the most mature action. When Martin Luther King Jr. saw injustice in the world he fought it, albeit the cost resulted in his death. Was it worth it? Absolutely, we firmly believe that Dr. King knowing everything that transpired would once again endure everything that he did, even death, for the righteous cause of true freedom and liberty.
What in this life is worth fighting for? Your life? Your property? Your dignity? All of these things and much more Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for tenaciously and with great vigor. In our lives, let us not ask what the best thing to do is, but rather, what the right thing to do is.