1963 was before my time, and I had only heard excerpts over the years, so today I decided to watch Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famed “I Have A Dream” speech in its entirety.
One very obvious and notable aspect to this particular Martin Luther King Day is President Barack Obama. During the decade that this speech was given, it would have been considered blasphemous by many to even suggest the possibility of a black president. Yet here we stand in that reality a mere 50 years later.
Any black American will attest that racism still exists, but considering that it took eons just for humans to figure out how to stand up, it’s amazing we can make any notable social evolution in 50 years.
It is the dichotomy of the Human Condition to want change, yet fear change more than anything. And, in a universe where expansion is the name of the game, we have no choice but to suffer the subsequent growing pains and get dragged to the next level—then act like it was our idea in the first place.
In this world of instant gratification, it feels overwhelming to consider how far we have yet to go. However, today we can take a moment to stand back and appreciate how far we have come. And take comfort in knowing that someone had a dream—and that it is coming true right before our very eyes.