Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gave us many memorable quotes and the one that has always stood out for me is the simple message from his sermon at Temple Israel of Hollywood where he said,
“Through our scientific genius we made of the world a neighbourhood, but we failed through moral commitment to make of it a brotherhood, and so we’ve ended up with guided missiles and misguided men.”
Seeking the Promised Land
He was essentially developing the idea that we are philosophically always moving or seeking our promised land – somewhere better and he went on to point out how corrupting this could be if we only focus on the material benefits. It is hard to believe that he delivered this in February 1965, over fifty years ago!
If you spend a little time thinking about this, we have moved on since then, but we still have a long way to go. We have created a more global community where we regularly communicate across vast distances, a global village that is moving towards speaking the same language.
But, we can still do more work addressing equality and poverty!
More than half the world’s population live in poverty and One Billion children live in poverty. For you and me, education is a basic right, yet those children living in poverty are the least likely to get the opportunity to attend a school.
NOTHING gets done without action
As a projects coach and I am all about getting people to take action – You can dream and plan and scheme all you want but NOTHING gets done without action!
So have one less coffee or beer, instead of upsizing have it regular, instead of the car, bus or walk and the little bit of money that you save – donate it – every little helps.
I won’t tell you who to or how – you can work that out yourself – but do it, make a contribution to the education of somebody else in OUR world and earn that feeling of satisfaction at having done something positive.
I leave you with my other favourite Dr. King Jr.’s quote. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
We all need to love a little more!
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