We are all MLK
Personifying Beloved Community
“This is the great new problem of humankind. We have inherited a large house, a great world house, in which we must live together—a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace. All inhabitants of the globe are now neighbors. This worldwide neighborhood has been brought into being largely because of the modern scientific and technological revolutions… We suffer from a poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. Every (wo)man lives in two realms, the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms, and instrumentalities by means of which we live. Our problem today is that we have allowed the internal to become lost in the external. We have allowed how we live to outdistance the ends for which we live. Enlarged material powers spell enlarged peril if there is not proportionate growth of the soul… Our hope for creative living in this world house that we have inherited lies in our ability to reestablish the moral ends of our lives in personal character and social justice. Without this spiritual and moral reawakening, we shall destroy ourselves in the misuse of our own instruments."
—Martin Luther King, Jr., The World House (1968)