I didn’t post anything on Monday, and I’m kind of glad that I didn’t. Because it more than likely would’ve been a video of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech or perhaps one of a hundred quotations that the man left behind.
I’m glad because I feel like it would’ve been empty. Perhaps not as empty as some of the politicians who flooded the interwebs with their hollow tributes to a man whom they either did or would have violently disagreed with, but still empty by my own measure.
Because here’s the question I have to answer for myself: what have I done to follow the example and not just the words? It’s come to mind a couple times this week and I have to admit, I’m not coming up with nearly the answers that I’d like to.
That’s not a fun activity – doing some self-examination and finding yourself wanting – but it’s also something that we need to do personally and as a country if we’re going to keep this experiment of democracy rolling. It’s the active part of of forming a more perfect union – it’s not just hoping and praying for justice, but being an active participant in it.
I can only speak for myself, but if I’m honest… I haven’t been as active as I should be.
Which means what? Good question. However, I’ll start with this second quote and go from there.