Today marked the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, given from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963 the speech inspired our nation to take a second look at what Thomas Jefferson meant he stated “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” in the Declaration of Independence.
Fifty years later I wonder what Jefferson and King would think of us today, the state of our Nation, our political leaders and how we as American’s treat one another on a daily basis.
Fifty years later, I find myself in an unusual position because I also have a dream. A dream that one day soon we will come to our senses and understand that all the finger pointing, hate and grandstanding that goes on in this country on a daily basis is driving us further from the goals and dreams of Jefferson and King. I have a dream that our leaders will stop talking and start listening, that our news outlets will stop sensationalizing our differences and start reporting on the people who work to make a difference. I have a dream that we as Americans will begin to recognize that while hate, sensationalism, and controversy might equate to TV ratings and hits on the internet we are sacrificing the dreams and values of country in favor of entertainment.
Really, it only takes a minute take a look at how often we hate, it’s all over TV. We have the Housewives who hate, News Commentators who hate, and shows that pit people who hate each other against one another for entertainment. The internet is even worse, simply Google someone or something you like and you will also find a site from someone who hates that person or thing. I won’t even get into the political footballs on the net because here the truth isn’t important not when it’s so easy to hate.
So today as I watched the news reports from Washington D.C. I have to say I was disappointed we as a nation couldn’t just sit back and listen to what people had to say like we did 50 years ago. You see today we have lost the ability to listen because we are bombarded by twisted views of the commentators and the hate of social media.
I often use famous quotes in my Blog posts in the past using Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin and my all-time favorite Albert Einstein, today as I watched the news I couldn’t help but look up Dr. Kings quotes and while there were dozens of great quotes the one that struck me in regard to how I feel today was the following:
“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
I had a dream we all began to live by this quote and those who made a living from hate had to find a new profession. Now wouldn’t that be a better America for our children and Grandchildren to live in?
Today and tomorrow vow to turn off the hate. J
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