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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Dreaming

Al posts on that most famous speech by Martin Luther King. I think he highlights the most important part.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!

I can only feel that we are still dreaming - and not living - that dream. It is so easy to judge by colour - we are a lazy race. Far easier to bring in quotas and imprison us in numbers. Far easier to diminish character and find fault. Far easier to say that something is too hard to achieve, to settle for the mediocre. Quick to pick the holes in dreams when they do not match up to reality we see.

Why are we here today? We are here because of dreamers, because of men and women of courage and confidence who said that we did not have to accept a second-best outcome, that we could rise above our faults and reach across our differences, and move onto greater things. They never claimed it would be an easy ride: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat", as one dreamer said as destiny was thrust upon him (incidentally January 24th is the 40th anniversary of that dreamer's death).

We are still searching for that famous dream, and there are those that wish to turn it into nightmare. Those who wish to forge anew chains more terrible than those which bound in days gone by, for these chains have taken the seeming of what is right to hide their true nature.

And one wonders how some today would react to this other paragraph of that famous, national, political, speech:

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.

Amen.

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