Thursday, April 13, 2006

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I found this passage from The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. to be very beautiful,
and I thought it was worth sharing.

On february 22, Mrs. King and I journeyed down to a city in India called Trivandrum. Then we went from Trivandrum to a point known as Cape Comorin. This is where the mass of India ends and the vast rolling waters of the ocean have their beginning. It is one of the most
beautiful parts of the world. Three great bodies of water meet together in all of their majestic splendor: the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.

I remember how we went out there and looked at the big old rocks, a sight that was truly incredible, out into the waters, out into the ocean. seated on a huge rock that slightly protruded into the ocean, we were enthralled by the vastness of the ocean and its terrifying immensities. We looked at the waves of those great bodies of water as they unfolded in almost rhythmic suspension. As the waves crashed against the base of the rock on which we were seated, an oceanic music brought sweetness to the ear. To the west we saw the magnificent sun a red cosmic ball of fire, appear to sink into the very ocean itself. Just as it was almost lost from sight, Coretta touched me and said, "Look, Martin, isn't that beautiful!" I looked around and saw the moon, another ball of scintillating beauty. As the sun appeared to be sinking into the ocean, the moon appeared to be rising from the ocean. When the sun finally passed completely beyond sight, darkness engulfed the earth, but in th east the radiant light of the rising moon shone supreme. This was, as I said, one of the most beautiful parts in all the world, and that happened to be one of those days when the moon was full. This is one of the few points in all the world where you can see the setting of the sun and the rising of the moon simultaneously.

I looked at that and someting came to my mind and I had to share it with Coretta, Dr. Reddick, and other people who were accompanying us around at that point. God has te light that an shrine through all the darkness. We have experiences when the light of day vanishes, leaving us in some dark and desolate midnight - moments when our highest hopes are turned into shambles of despair or when we are victims of some tragic injustice and some terrible exploitation. During such moments our spirits are almost overcome by gloom and despair, and we feel that there is no light anywhere. But ever and again, we look toward the east and discover that there is another light which shines even in the darkness, and the "spear of frustration"is transformed "into a shaft of light."

Posted by illogicist at 5:37 AM

3 Comments

  1. Blogger Lym posted at 4/13/2006 08:18:00 PM  
    King was an incredible guy. A man who changed history and is recognised for it. I've always been impressed by his motivational speaking skills and wisdom.

    Thanks for sharing it.
  2. Blogger illogicist posted at 4/17/2006 03:25:00 PM  
    I agree. But you know, Ive been reading King's auto bio, and I read Malcolm X's autobio. they both fought for the same thing, equality for black people, but they had very different approaches. Its unfortunate that X was killed so soon after his visit to Mecca, because after that he was a completely different man, a better man.

    From his words, I find X to be more inspiring. His words were full of passion - they came from the heart. MLK, while I dont doubt his intentions one bit, but well...I dont know. From the books, which may not be accurate, he doesnt seem as single mindedly focused on that one goal as much as X. Who knows though.
  3. Blogger Dance 2 My Rhythm posted at 4/17/2006 09:11:00 PM  
    I feel it is a shame that either man was taken in the way that they were and I wonder what more could have changed if they had been allowed to fulfill their paths. Thanks for sharing that.. although I admire King greatly, I have not read everything available about him and his life.

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