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Soflasnapper
04-04-2012, 03:55 PM
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the celebration of his birthday. Today, April 4th, is the anniversary of his slaying.

The following excerpt of Robert F. Kennedy's impromptu remarks ring true for our country in our own time as well.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> “My favorite poet was Aeschylus,” Kennedy told his audience, not many of whom had graduated from high school, but who now listened with rapt attention. “He wrote, ‘In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.

“What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or black.

“So I shall ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, that’s true, but most importantly to say a prayer for our country, which all of us love—a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke …

“Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and to make gentle the life of this world.

“Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.”

That night, as the news of King’s death spread through the blighted parts of the land, there were riots in 110 cities causing 39 deaths and injuring 2,500. But in the city of Indianapolis, where Kennedy had spoken, it was quiet.</div></div>

Since the level of our discourse now has devolved to insult comic level, vitriolic expressions of hatred and disdain, tribalism prevailing over our shared humanity and our rightful concerns for our communities, RFK's thoughts expressed above have never been more important.

cushioncrawler
04-04-2012, 04:16 PM
Yes. All get down on your knees and pray. Shut your eyes real real tight and pray.
There, that makes u feel better duznt it.
mac.

cushioncrawler
04-04-2012, 04:38 PM
Aeschylus' god woz probly Zeus, not God.
Aeschylus woz killed by a falling tortoise, ie he woz killed by an eagle.
Robert woz killed by a bullet, ie he woz killed by an Arab.
mac.

Soflasnapper
04-04-2012, 04:54 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cushioncrawler</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Yes. All get down on your knees and pray. Shut your eyes real real tight and pray.
There, that makes u feel better duznt it.
mac. </div></div>

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