Today, in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was born, and we celebrate him as a man who exposed truth, inspired a nation, and brought about important changes that impact every American. However, if there was anything that 2017 taught us, is that we still have a long way to go, and that his work and vision for this nation is not done. The controversy on equality is still a heated debate with much division, but that will not be the main focus of our article.
Lessons We Can All Learn
MLK wrote several letters and documents we can draw several quotes from. We chose this quote to fit our featured image for a reason.
“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.”
Mr. King was a minister, a public speaker, and an activist, but he was also a philosopher who examined thoroughly on the character of the human heart. He had many great things to say on leadership and compassion that propelled Americans forward towards unity and equality. Regardless of where you stand on modern day issues, we think it can be agreed he spoke compelling words that examine our own lives and interworkings, both our natural tendencies and how we reflect the environment we’re in.
Importance of Standing in Solitary
If you examine Mr. King’s works, you’ll notice he was not in favor of popularity, but rather truth. However, many companies, such as ourselves, and other major national brands will tweet, Instagram, or post something regarding him today. One can say it’s a confliction in his founding morals against popularity, however, he also said this:
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
So what we can learn is the importance of being visual and standing in solitary with struggles. Most Americans agree we live in a troubling time with struggles against politicians, the environment, and social justice. Regardless of which side of the fence they stand on, most Americans are stressed out deeply in these affairs one way or another. So in remembering MLK, let’s remember that he taught us to not be silent on things that matter. That equality, justice, and truth are at the core of what makes us not only Americans, but also humans.