By: Mukurima X Muriuki
On April 4th 1968, Dr Martin Luther King Jr was felled by a single shot. Today however, as a country that Dr King himself liked because of the struggles of freedom fighters, we can learn alot from most of his written words. While Dr. King was not a perfect man himself, he knew that society can only heal when men and women worked hard by confronting the challenges of their time. In our country today, tribal hatred is at an all time high.
What would Dr King have said to address this?
“I think I mentioned before that sometime ago my brother and I were driving one evening to Chattanooga, Tennessee, from Atlanta. He was driving the car. And for some reason the drivers were very discourteous that night. They didnâ€™t dim their lights; hardly any driver that passed by dimmed his lights. And I remember very vividly, my brother A. D. looked over and in a tone of anger said: “I know what Iâ€™m going to do. The next car that comes along here and refuses to dim the lights, Iâ€™m going to fail to dim mine and pour them on in all of their power.”
And I looked at him right quick and said: “Oh no, donâ€™t do that. Thereâ€™d be too much light on this highway, and it will end up in mutual destruction for all. Somebody got to have some sense on this highway.”
Somebody must have sense enough to dim the lights, and that is the trouble, isnâ€™t it? That as all of the civilizations of the world move up the highway of history, so many civilizations, having looked at other civilizations that refused to dim the lights, and they decided to refuse to dim theirs. And Toynbee tells that out of the twenty-two civilizations that have risen up, all but about seven have found themselves in the junkheap of destruction. It is because civilizations fail to have sense enough to dim the lights.
If somebody doesnâ€™t have sense enough to turn on the dim and beautiful and powerful lights of love in this world, the whole of our civilization will be plunged into the abyss of destruction. And we will all end up destroyed because nobody had any sense on the highway of history. Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love”
In Loving Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (2 days to go).