Human Rights as a Balm for Turmoil, MLK 2021


Posted January 14, 2021 by stilsonlewis

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.", Martin Luther King.

 
There is so much turmoil right now and political conflict that it is unsettling. There is a mutated version of Coronavirus that is also unsettling. There are still reflections of racial hatred and inequities that are evident in both these areas. In this circumstance, it is good, and indeed a relief, that we have the celebration of Martin Luther King to perhaps offer us respite. In the context of the last few years of American political and social history, and in the middle of the current scene, I miss his voice in this land. An insistence on justice, and an insistence on change, and an insistence on peace, are a powerful combination in any time. Compassion and kindness are a needed balm at any time. In times of crisis that quality of leadership would feel like a salvation. Right now it is good to remember, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.", Martin Luther King.

Human Rights are needed now more than ever. They are needed going forward. When we can each see each of us as a true person, there will be a chance of brotherhood in mankind. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a good place to start. There are thirty rights delineated. They are an excellent place to start, for all the earth, but particularly for the US, which right now is practicing, wth some struggle, Human Right number seven. It is stated in the publication, What Are Human Rights as "We're all equal before the law.". Human rights are fundamental to human society. "Human rights must be made a reality, not an idealistic dream.", L. Ron Hubbard. We honor MLK for moving us in that direction. YouthforHumanRights.org
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Issued By Martha Stilson
Country United States
Categories Opinion , Politics , Society
Tags Martin Luther King , human rights , equality
Last Updated January 14, 2021