I spend a lot of time analyzing foreign policy and strategy and sometimes find myself consumed with the motivations of state actors and policies rather than the direction that these policies trend towards. It is important for me (and you) to be reminded of a bigger picture and the possibillities of a more humane world. Dr. King is a reoccuring source of inspiration for me and I share with you a passage that I read a few times a year to help remind me what I value.

One day,

Youngsters will learn words they will not understand,

Children from India will ask: “What is hunger?”

Children from Alabama will ask: “What is racial segregation?”

Children from Hiroshima will ask: “What is the atomic bomb?”

Children at school will ask: “What is war?”

You will answer them, you will tell them: “Those are words not used any more,

Like ‘stage-coaches’, ‘galleys’ or ‘slavery’,

Words no longer meaningful,

That is why they have been removed from dictionaries.”

 Martin Luther King

Advertisements