People appreciation

Open, analytical, and never abandoning truth, Martin Luther King Jr came to understand at a young age that man had a shameful inclination toward taking the low road when it came to social involvement.  King was concerned with present day existence and felt the gospel should speak to the whole man, not just his spirit and soul.  What about slums that damn young people?  King believed Christian mentalities such as “turn the other cheek” and “love your enemies” worked well with conflicts between individuals but not when racial groups are under conflict.  Martin Luther King Jr NYWTS.jpg King was fascinated by teachings of Mahatma Gandhi’s concept of satyagraha.  Satya is truth and grapha is force, and Gandhi operated with nonviolence.  Martin Luther King Jr’s synthesis of Gandhi’s nonviolence and existentialism  combined Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

7 thoughts on “People appreciation

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen, I admire Martin Luther King Jr’s reasoning about narrow fundamental protestantism. For him, it represented partial truth, but King knew man has a capacity for evil, and it becomes collective with mans’ ability to rationalize.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Rationalism is always a distorted view. King’s existential slant on social activism is that the individual, living here and now, is responsible– what we believe is what we will do now. Mary Alice, what did you think about the huge response for extra collection at church for Haiti yesterday?

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    The response was amazing and generous. Checks and cash along the row of pews where Rob and I sat averaged about $20 per person, but we were surrounded by Vietnamese who are big givers.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    But then there came, in the announcements, for a call to join the fight against Rowe vs. Wade– I believe this choice belongs to a woman.

  5. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Martin Luther King Jr. concerned himself with an individual’s material well-being. I can’t help but believe this area of women’s rights aligns with this.

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