8 months ago

In LOVE with Humanity

A tribute to some of humanity’s greatest Heroes; 153 men & women who have chosen, via their brave words &/or noble deeds, to reflect the deeper Greatness residing within us all

Hero #083: Martin Luther

Hero #083: Martin Luther King Jr. Did you know that on the day of his assassination, Martin Luther King engaged in a pillow fight in his motel room? It makes me smile to think about him smiling; and it also makes me wonder what more I can do to honor this Great Man -- what more I can do in my life right now to defeat the forces of callousness & tyranny & injustice that still confine & torture so many, and that still threaten to confine & torture so many more. ―Almost always, it has been the bold and dedicated minority that has made the world better ... It is true that every one of us can be great because every one of us can serve. You don‘t have to have a college degree to serve. You don‘t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace; a soul generated by Love ... Indeed, you have not started truly living until you can rise above the narrow confines of your individualistic concerns to serve the broader concerns of all beings … He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it … Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that … Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love … Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him … Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness … Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you currently doing for others? … The time is always right to do the right thing.‖ ~ inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. 98

Hero #084: M*A*S*H M*A*S*H was a 1972–1983 American television series developed by Larry Gelbart. The series, which was produced with 20th Century Fox Television for CBS – and which remains one of the highest-rated shows in U.S. television history, follows a team of doctors and support staff stationed at the ―4077 th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital‖ in South Korea during the Korean War … While essentially considered a comedy, the writing took on more of a moralistic tone as the show developed. Airing on network primetime while the Vietnam War was still going on, the show's discourse -- under the cover of comedy -- questioned, mocked, and even lambasted America's immoral, often war-hungry role in international politics. ―I'm sick of hearing about the wounded. What about all the thousands of wonderful guys who are fighting this war without any of the credit or the glory that always goes to those lucky few who just happen to get shot?‖ ~ Frank Burns, M*A*S*H ―War isn't Hell. War is war, and Hell is Hell – and between the two, war is a lot worse.‖ ~ Hawkeye, M*A*S*H 99