On this day in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and delivered the I Have a Dream speech.

Even though, Dr. King was speaking primarily about the struggle of the African-American people to achieve civil equality in the United States, his message is pertinent to all peoples of all races and all religions and all cultures. Everyone should be treated civilly, fairly, and considerately; without regard for their skin color, their religious beliefs (or lack thereof), their manners of dress, or their sexual orientation, etc.

It’s a big world out there. It’s filled with many,  many people. Each one is different. Each one should be acknowledged as member of the Family of Man. We, as individuals, should treat all peoples with this in mind. If everyone would try today to be just a little bit less judgmental and a wee bit more tolerant of the people around us, it would be a much better world tomorrow.

Read or listen to Dr. King’s speech. While doing so, try to understand that Dr. King was speaking to everyone. He had a dream. It was a worthy dream. We should not stop dreaming about it till it becomes reality. No more wars, no more hate. Hmmm… sounds kinda’ nice, don’t it?



Further reading:

I Have a Dream from americanrhetoric.com

I Have a Dream speech from wikipedia.org

About V. T. Eric Layton

vtel57, Nocturnal Slacker

3 responses »

  1. PsiCop says:

    With apologies to the late Dr King:

    I, too, have a dream. I have a dream that the idea of true racial equality will one day be achieved. I have a dream that someday we will no longer have to talk about the “I have a dream speech,” because equality will have been so ingrained in everyone that race is no longer even something we talk about (except as a historical phenomenon … sort of like how we talk about Zeus-worship now). I have a dream that someday the sacrifices people made in the 60s, 70s, and even since then, will actually have blossomed and given fruit.

    I have a dream that people will stop looking askance at “the Other” (whoever that “Other” may be) as though “the Other’s” very existence is a real, physical threat to their lives. I have a dream that humanity will some day become mature enough to give us the world that Dr King spoke of so long ago, a “colorless” world which is not “colorless” because everyone is the same color, but because no one notices anyone’s color and no one gives a crap about it, even if the differences are pointed out to them.

    I have a dream where human beings are able and willing to treat each other as nothing more or less than that … fellow human beings, all of us far more alike than we are different. I have a dream that my “dream” is not really a dream … it’s reality. Sadly, my dream is still precisely that: A dream. More’s the pity.

    • Let me be blunt here a moment and reply to your comment in this fashion:

      FUCKIN’ A, MAN! I am with you 125% on that dream. If each of us as an individual does our tiny little part to make that dream come true, maybe one day it will.

      Here’s hopin’…

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