“We’ve learned to fly the air as birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we haven’t learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters.” Martin Luther King Jr.
I’m somewhat of an optimist, a little bit Pollyanna like and yes, possibly naïve. To me life is wonderful. It’s not that there’s never been any tears or loss in my life, I like every other human have experienced such things. I just want to believe that good still matters and that people are basically good. I know that there are some that aren’t but I’ve been privileged to know my share of the good ones. I believe that love is what changes us and hatred builds anger in the generations that follow it.
As I was reading the words of Dr. King I felt a little sad. They were true in his day and when I open my eyes wide, I must admit they are still true today. We have learned to do so much but we haven’t learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters.
JFK said: “Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit the same planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future – and we are all mortal.”
It challenges me to look beyond the color of someone’s skin, their ethnic background, sexual orientation, or religion and see them as a part of the human race like me. Tears and laughter are the same in any language and I believe, so is love.