“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King changed the world in particular, the US of A. He wasn’t afraid to speak out about the harsh reality of America. This country was built on inequality and degradation of minorities. This treatment went on for some time and I’m sure several people didn’t like it or did they agreed with it but, they kept quiet and continued to allow the unfair treatment of others.
Who knows, maybe if one person or one family spoke out, slavery and discrimination would have ended sooner. President Lincoln spoke out against it and decided he was going to do something about it. Even after he began his efforts to rid our society of these inhumane practices, his fight was not over. It took almost a century for another man to speak out against the mistreatment of others.
Nearly 100 years between two men that saw the wrong doing of others and spoke out about them. Their fearless attempts changed the world and the dynamics of this country. If we continue our silence about things in this world that are wrong, then the world will only change every 100 years.
100 years is a long time, and does it really need to take that long for the world to see the change that is necessary for us to evolve?
Although we see the misdeeds of others, we choose to ignore them and continue our lives as though it didn’t exist.
So what to do?
Speak out! Simply stated!
Anyone can be Dr. Martin Luther King or Abraham Lincoln. And no you don’t have to be a doctor or president. These two men changed the world just by doing something we do everyday. Talking.
Think about all the horrible things that occur in the world, just to name a few…
Of course these will continue because the truth is, bad people do exist in the world. But, does it make it ok to turn a blind eye to the crimes we witness?
Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln didn’t.
If we wait for another Martin Luther King or Abraham Lincoln, it could take another 100 years which would total 1000 years for all those crimes.
So, be Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln, it doesn’t take much.
“Silence can painful.”