Jan 15, 2007

Thank You Dr. King

From "Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

"Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial "outside agitator" idea...

You may well ask: "Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches, and so forth? Isn't negotiation a better path?" You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of directl action. Non-violent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confont the issue. It seeks to so dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension a part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension". I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, so must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood."

1 comment:

Supriyo said...

A child is born giving pain to the mother.That is a natural process.

The pain we are experiencing in our journey is actually creating a new man inside us.We must take the pain and eagerly wait for the new man with a new world around him to arrive as early as possible.

Be Happy