“…they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.” – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream,” speaking about white Americans supporting the Civil Rights movement.
After a long search for a title for this blog, I found my inspiration in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King’s life and values lie at the heart of the message of this blog. Though he was a preacher firmly grounded in the American black church, his message of justice, equality, and the inherent worth of all humankind speaks to people of all races and religions across the world. Though his primary calling was to Christian ministry, he led a movement that transformed the most secular institutions of the United States – the government and the workplace – for the benefit of religious and non-religious alike.
In this quote from his most famous speech, “I Have A Dream,” Dr. King reminds his followers that they cannot be successful alone. Their struggle for dignity and freedom is inextricably bound with the struggle of others, including white Americans, for dignity and freedom. His people need all the friends and allies they can get.
This is an interesting paradox. We often confuse our quest for freedom with a quest for self-sufficiency. To be free of the forces that control us, we think we need to supply all of our own needs. But we cannot become free by ourselves. We face powerful forces, and alone, we stand no chance.
Becoming truly free requires making friends – friends who will recognize the freedom we ask for and stand with us in our struggle. Strength lies in numbers. We are most powerful not as self-sufficient individuals but as interdependent people who value companionship and care. We are inextricably bound.
Think for a moment about all of the people in your life. What relationships give you strength and courage? Where do you experience companionship and care? If you feel so moved, share with us below!