"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


inescapable mutuality

"Now let me first suggest that if we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and as long as we try, the more we are going to have war in this world.

"...It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

- Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Christmas sermon (1967)

(Photo: Statue of Dr. King on the campus of Morehouse College, where I teach. Dr. King was a member of the class of 1948.)


Anonymous Ranil Dissanayake said...

I do love reading virtually anything he said. this is very similar in meaning to the famous Donne prose section in which he suggests that the death of any man subtracts from all men, regardless of whether they had met or not, hence 'ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee'. No matter who dies, it is you who must grieve.

By complete coincidence, I've just gone and spoiled this sentiment by writing a blog about how development and poverty reduction needs to be conceived on national lines (as well as or more than individual lines).


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