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Archive for August 28th, 2008

45 Years Ago Today: Dr. King, “I have a dream…”

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Today is the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech in Washington DC. According to Wikipedia, he spoke to over 200,000 people that day.

Some things have become better, some areas continue to struggle. Fortunately, humankind will always strive for improvement. We will always believe that ideal is attainable and we will continue to work toward that.

We can not afford to get down because things are *not* ideal. Truly, perfect does not exist. The idea of perfection can keep us striving for excellence, however.

I don’t travel often, but when I do it changes my inner life. I went to Africa for 38 days (Ethiopia, Kenya and Egypt) with my friend Altu in 2004-05 and I will never be the same. I have also visited Mexico three times.

I tell you what, the further you go, the more different a place is than home, the more you realize that we are all the same in many ways. We all want our kids to be safe, healthy and happy. We want to feel that things are going to get better. Yes, we have different ways of handling daily life, routines, and rituals. But we are all in the end very human, first of all.

Dr. King, thank you for your inspiration. Just remembering your speech keeps you very much alive and active in our world. I also dream…

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”