Reaching for the eternal ‘oughtness’

“I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the ‘isness’ of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal ‘oughtness’ that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.”

– Martin Luther King Jr. upon receiving the 1964 Nobel Peace PrizeOIP-27

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5 Responses to Reaching for the eternal ‘oughtness’

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    RIP brother Martin!

  2. Bob says:

    Praying for love, forgiveness, and reconciliation to bring about peace and brotherhood in our divided families, churches, and communities. Maybe if this happens it can ripple along and cause a change in our nation and world. Only God can bring that about, so we have to do what we can do, and trust God for the rest.
    Can we bring the kingdom of God into our own little worlds?
    It starts with me.

  3. Toni Petrella says:

    Dr King had a huge dream but, not impossible. Hopefully as more folks find the Lord with strong faith all the way no matter what racism will be less and hopefully one day no more. It all begins with our Lord and Savior. Take care, and God Bless.

  4. J. D. Woods says:

    Thank you Dr. King! I am 101% ALL in!!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, John, thank you for sharing that quote. I have not heard/ read it before. It is wonderful, and a wonderful goal for us all

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