7 decades back on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, I wrote this article about the thoughts in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Now I went back to the letter and re-read it, and another section stood out , one which is really deep well beyond the context of civil rights:
We’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”
Dr. King was a brilliant communicator, able to distill deep, deep ideas into memorable phrases.
Now on MLK’s birthday, I am considering the total lack of progress we’ve made as a society on the very issues he discussed in his letter, namely the structural segregation and dehumanization of black Americans and other marginalized groups. And also about the other issues facing the world, such as the climate catastrophe, that represent the identical sense of mutuality.