We continue to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for spreading the message of unconditional love. He was inspired by many, loved and admired by many. This morning, I read some of MLK’s thoughts on love and decided to share this quote:
“[Agape] is the overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. And when you rise to love on this level, you love people who don’t move you. you love those that you don’t like. you love those whose ways are distasteful to you…”
A LINK TO RECOMMENDED READ: Letter from Birmingham City Jail, by Martin Luther King, Jr.
My own commentary on the letter:
In his letter from Birmingham City Jail following one of the biggest civil rights marches in history, he describes himself as carrying “the gospel of freedom” and that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” — and here he was specifically addressing the city of Birmingham that he deems as being the most “thoroughly segregated city in the U.S.” King’s activism — nonviolent direct action — was used effectively to stir tension, and to bring attention to these matters. He goes on, “… there is a certain type of constructive nonviolent tension that is necessary for growth.”
In King’s view, freedom is something to be demanded when it is being withheld. <3