Are we more concerned with the size, power and wealth of our society or with creating a more just society? The failure to pursue justice is not only a moral default. Without it social tensions will grow and the turbulence in the streets will persist despite disapproval or repressive action. Even more, a withered sense of justice in an expanding society leads to corruption of the lives of all Americans. All too many of those who live in affluent America ignore those who exist in poor America; in doing so, the affluent Americans will eventually have to face themselves with the question that Eichmann chose to ignore: How responsible am I for the well-being of my fellows? To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Taken from his last book “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” (1967) (pages 85-86)
… the capacity for variation coupled with the common ground that we share with bacteria, with jellyfish, with sponges, with groupers, with cats and dogs and horses — there’s a chemistry of life that has this capacity for enormous variation, maybe infinite variation.
There are other intelligent creatures out there, whales, dolphins, elephants, fish. Some of them are really smart, but they don’t know what we know. They can’t see the inside of a star or the inside of a starfish - except some of them maybe to eat them.
But we have this power not only to explore, but we can go back in time. We can anticipate far into the future. We can plot a course for ourselves based on intelligence. And the trick is OK, homo sapiens, the smart ones, the wise ones, let’s take advantage of that capacity.
Let’s put that into action and not just be like the bacteria on a dish that consume everything until they die. We don’t have to do that.