Monday, 17 January 2011

The Time Is Always Ripe To Do What Is Right

This year, Martin Luther King is being commemorated today.

"Time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have people of good will. We have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of women and men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes the ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right."
                                                                                   Martin Luther King


  1. Not too much so I hope, Gai.

    I was focussing on the last 8 words.

    I think it is good to be reminded of this when we have become complacent, but if life is a struggle, we should not let his words make us feel guilty.

    I believe Edmund Burke is said to have uttered something similar, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."


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