“We need more people who are competent in all areas and always remember that the important thing is to do a good job. No matter what it is. Whatever you are doing consider it as something having cosmic significance, as it is a part of the uplifting of humanity. No matter what it is, no matter how small you think it is, do it right. As someone said, do it so well that the living, dead, or the unborn could do it no better.”
The words of Dr. Martin Luther King as he introduced the street sweeper at the 50th anniversary of Alpha Phi Alpha in Buffalo, 1957 – “The Birth of a New Age.” A great blueprint for any commencement speech.
I read the piece and ML King would have concerns on certain social and economic standards that exist in the Black community but the difference is he would not just be talking about it he would be leading the charge and so he did and what did he achieve – his death. That’s the difference between his leadership and now. You see MLK knew he had a calling , he knew WHY he was born. not to be rich, not to be famous but to die for what he believed in. How many present day so-called leaders KNOW why they are here? The politicians are hopelessly corrupt, the wealthy black men that can make a difference are too busy making money at the expense of the blacks, the family unit is in shock so crime prevails and as for the religious leaders- well the least say about them the better.
How many will lead in the face of threats? We can count on one hand. Yes there have been progress-but look at the cost. Our own people kill each other, grudge each other, back stab each other and that has gone on before King and certainly after King. King could not have stopped that. He would fight for the killers and back stabbers because he is a leader and leaders don’t choose who to lead.!
What does that say about our society. It is a flawed entity made from sin and no one person or thought (Christianity & other religions) will ever create the perfect society. Religion and leaders controls some of the people some of the times. The black man’s weakness of morals and unity among each other is his constant. What is also constant is every generation there comes a true leader that will take us further to the utopia.
So the writer , like all of us frustrated beings should be patient and don’t use the MLK experience to draw any comparisons. It’s the same people, but 2 different worlds, cultures and morals.
Coming generations will learn slowly but surely what MLK meant in his “I Have A Dream speech”. MLK generation had their war. So too is our generation. We must keep marching. We must keep hoping. We must carry on.
1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
2. An old friend who once saved your life.
3. The perfect man (or) woman you have been dreaming about.
Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?
Think before you continue reading. This is a moral/ethical dilemma that was once actually used as part of a job application.
You could pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and thus you should save her first; or you could take the old friend because he once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay him back.
However, you may never be able to find your perfect dream lover again.
The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer.
He simply answered: “I would give the car keys to my old friend, and let him take the lady to the hospital.
I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman (or man) of my dreams.”
Never forget to “Think Outside of the Box.”
ok i have seen this movie before…yup about 10 years ago- the same players just some different faces. This place called Earth is stink by the hypocrisy that fills the air. All of a sudden everyone is appalled. Thousands of people have already died, not one action then, Now everyone is talking about war. It’s ok to shoot your people but don’t use any chemicals on them. This is filthy, this is dirty, this is gross. How can we call ourselves a civilized race when everything we do and say is based on our own corrupt and hypocritical sense. I hope this brewing “WAR” puts an end to mankind. We are one sick race.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost