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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #758 - MLK Day Quotes #MLKDay #MLKQuotes

16 Jan, 2017

"All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem."

"Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true."

Martin Luther King, Jr.



All progress is truly precarious.
Is it true of regress as well?
We can only hope.
Or is this inauguration just the evidence
of how precarious our progress is,
our own Restoration, our own Jim Crow?
And, then, is our about-to-be-president
just an ugly, destructive stumbling block
on our road to a freer, fairer world,
a thug
whose tenancy in the about-to-be-whiter house
we will mark in days,
no matter how many days there are?
No, no, not just days, but tweets,
no matter how many tweets there are?

All progress is more precarious then we understood.
Because we felt its rightness
so deeply in our bones,
and we welcomed its imperfect glory
with so much hope and promise.

John Lewis, like Martin Luther King, Jr.--in fact, with MLK--
experienced so much of the civil rights backlash in this country
that he understands far better than most
just how precarious progress is.
He is the first congressional representative to say he will not attend the inauguration.
It is interesting that so far only African-American representatives have joined
him.
What will it take for all Democrats to do the same,
for all Republicans to do the same?
What smoking gun would it take?

All progress is precarious.
Is all regress precarious as well?
We can only hope.
No, no, we can do so much more.
(I know, I know, it's just a phrase--but phrases have meaning
and, yes, words matter.)
We must resist the regress, wherever and however we are able.
We must continue to work at the progress
against whatever odds, and at whatever cost.
We must be willing to struggle,
for results that we ourselves may not even ever see.
We must organize, sit-in, speak out.
Without hate. With love.
Continuing to dream and hope.
Because resistance from hate corrupts us in irreparable ways.
Love must keep us dreaming and hoping,
but without illusion and delusion.
That is what we cannot afford.
Love without illusion.
Hope without delusion.

Fitting to reflect upon today,
at the beginning of this terrifying week.

Happy Birthday, Martin.
Farewell, President Barack Hussein Obama.
I do not believe in prayer, but you do,
and so I say:
Pray for us.


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