“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King

Today, we all celebrate the birth of a truly inspirational man. He fought for something he believed in, and he did much for a cause that was truly just. What he stood for was equality, which I think is something that should be the standard. I am a humanist, and I believe that every person should be judged based on his or her own merit and actions. I think that race, gender, religion, and any other dividing trait are excuses that people use to advance themselves above others. We are all humans, and therefore all equal. Dr. King dreamed of a world where men, women, boys, and girls of all colors could stand together united as one.

“I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

Dr. King was not a perfect man, and he was not treated fairly. He was persecuted and he was accused. People sought to ruin his reputation and slander is image, but they could not tarnish his message. The world lost a great man because of our inability to be good to our fellow humans.

“We must all learn to live together as brothers — or we will all perish together as fools.”

This past year has been rife with horrible incidents, and the worst part is the backlash and aftermath has caused so much more outward violence. As the quote at the top of the post says, we cannot cure the darkness with more darkness. We have to come together and stop this endless cycle of violence.

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

Let this past year be a lesson going in to 2016. Remember the messages given to us by Dr. King and, as Americans, let us work together to make this country united. We have the ability to be understanding, compassionate, and strong together, but we have to be willing to do it. Dr. King was truly a special man, who can never be replaced. He was taken from this world too soon, but we must remember his words and honor his memory. Let us do him a service and start working towards making his dream truly a reality. Equality is achievable, but we have to work for it.

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

Rest In Peace Dr. King.

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