I’ve been re-reading some of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermons from the 60s, in honor of his birthday celebration. This particular passage is a response to America’s involvement in the Vietnam war. How prescient, how relevant it seems today!
“[W]e must find an alternative to war and bloodshed….President Kennedy said on one occasion, “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” The world must hear this. I pray to God that America will hear this before it is too late, because today we’re fighting a war….”
“It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution (bold emphases mine)
You can read more of Dr. King’s thoughts on war and peace here or listen to a short speech excerpt — a call to arms for those who might reasonably wonder how a single individual can help make world peace a reality.
UPDATE: Check out the side-by-side rhetoric stylings of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bill O’Reilly.http://dg.specificclick.net/?u=http%3A//www.livejournal.com/stc/fck/editor/fckeditor.html%3FInstanceName%3Ddraft%26Toolbar%3DUpdate&r=