The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

As much as is said about the man, not enough emphasis is put on what a fantastic orator, writer, and human being he was. I feel this picture, more than anything, exemplifies what I find most fascinating about King: his stoic defiance enhanced by a noble disposition that let everyone know, even his opponents, that what he was fighting for was right and just.

Unfortunately, it’s hard for people like King to survive in this world. It’s a world where people want to make human rights relative; where we need to be careful in granting the same rights to certain people that we guarantee for all others, lest we upset some delicate balance we think we’ve established. Nobody wants to be a real hero, because real heroes end up dead.

Enjoy your day off. But don’t forget why you’re home.

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  1. January 18, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Word, Kevin…

  2. ellsbells
    January 19, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Well, I worked today but…

    What you said about King reminds me a lot of the Queer Movement. Today we’re fighting for the same rights as everyone else. Talking with my sister tonight reminded me of how the same sex marriage laws affect us all.

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