Juan on Martin Luther King

For those of you who didn't read Juan's stirring message on his blog, Informed Comment, about Martin Luther King, I recommend it. I didn't realise that Martin Luther had much to say about stopping war and bringing about peace.

In his message, Juan quotes extensively from a speech that Martin Luther gave called "Beyond Vietnam". When you read what Martin Luther said and think about the times he lived in and the attitudes of the people at that time, you can only marvel at his courage.

Then, at the end of the speech, Martin Luther makes some soul-stirring comments about the unity of humanity. This comment and, indeed, the whole speech made me realise what a visionary he was. Also, I didn't realise that he had things to say about issues other than race unity.

Here is Martin Luther's comment on the unity of humanity from his speech "Beyond Vietnam":

A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.

This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind. This oft misunderstood, this oft misinterpreted concept, so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force, has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I'm not speaking of that force which is just emotional bosh. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Muslim-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: "Let us love one another (Yes), for love is God. (Yes) And every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love. . . . If we love one another, God dwelleth in us and his love is perfected in us." Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day.

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