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Commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2016

To commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this year, let’s take a look at one of his most memorable speeches. “Where Do We Go From Here?” delivered August 16, 1967 at the 11th Annual SCLC Convention in Atlanta, Ga.
A link to the transcript is here:

http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/where_do_we_go_from_here_delivered_at_the_11th_annual_sclc_convention/

A link to the audio is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HagCA3FytMU

“I’m concerned about a better world. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.”
What is your favorite passage?

America, Our Beloved Hypocrite

Like a horse led to waters that it has lost the concept to drink, current American foreign and domestic policy does not display the Ideals and Values proclaimed today or during it’s independence and founding.

Signing of the Declaration

The second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence begins with “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” As many times as we all have heard these words, some individuals and groups may know and practice their meaning but as a nation we need not go far to show that’s not the case.

Thomas Paine

A Right is morally good, justified, acceptable, or as Thomas Paine puts it in Public Good, “A right, to be truly so, must be right in itself, yet many things have obtained the name of rights, which are originally founded in wrong. Of this kind are all rights by meer conquest, power, or violence…But in the case of a right founded in right the mind is carried cheerfully into the subject, feels no compunction, suffers to distress, subjects it’s sensations to no violences, nor sees anything in its way which requires an artificial smoothing.”

Liberty is similar in meaning as freedom but they are not the same as described here, “the concept of freedom ignores the concept of obligations, the concept of liberty implies potential obligations.” The primary obligation of Liberty is not to infringe upon the Rights and enumerated freedoms of another. We’ve heard presidents in the past speak of a new world order, yet the global institutions America holds steadfast are of monetary concern.

We have become unconscionable in our affairs as individual freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights have not been considered along with all humankind’s unalienable Rights in our venture to bring “Justice and Liberty for all” to the world. A nation of hypocrisy has no right founded in Right to the endeavors we undertake. Even with the supplemental Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Geneva Conventions, three centuries of incredible industrial and technological growth leading to the globalization of our world, and the occasions of bloody war and horrible holocaust we are most likely guilty of the same tyrannical usurpation as Britain and it’s king at the time of our Revolution, in the invariable pursuit of the very same Object: power, control, and material possession as an agent of psychological identification.

A pursuit of Universal Human Rights, Life, Liberty, and Happiness would have led us all to better lives and relations if not for the hypocrisy and infidelity in our affairs contrary to what we say we believe. Instead we have a state of affairs that resembles an economic conquest for Objects ravaging relations at home, abroad, land, air, sea, our concept of Right, and our stewardship of Rights.The values of nonviolence and the Golden Rule necessary to the freedoms of the first amendment have become said only and not done. Unchecked in the People and their Government, the pursuit of Objects instead of Values justifies a terrible creation and enforcement of statutes that forbid liberties. This fictional set of laws is set to accelerate just as the Usury of fiat currency procures Inflation in the name of economic growth.

As president George Bush stated in his 2006 State of the Union Address that “America is addicted to Oil”, we are addicted to the Object and it gets clearer everyday. We bring terrorists and revolutionaries to confront our actions just as Britain did before. The American Dream is not a death-pledge for us or anyone else!

No matter if you’re Christian, Muslim, or simply an addict there is a way to rectify hypocrisy:

“The man who “walks humbly with his God” and is wholly free from guile is a blessed man indeed.”

“Everything rightful has a truth in it and no man will reach the truth of devotion unless he does not wish to be praise for what he has done for the sake of God.
You should recite Dua in secret and always seek a private place, for retirement repels hypocrisy. Nevertheless, if you are among people, you have to preserve your devotion which can not be attained except by getting to know:
1- God and the fact that everything is in His hand.
2- People and the fact that nothing is in their hand.
3- Human dignity, honor and endeavor.
It is in this case that people will not be important to you.”

Or as steps 4-9 of the 12 steps indicate, “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves, Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs, Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character, Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings, Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all, Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.” God, of course, as it is understood on an individual level.

We have a vast array of sources to derive inspiration that is right founded on right, although mainstream media would draw it’s focus on right founded from wrong, one only has to seek truth to find it.

I’ll close with an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Where Do We Go From Here” speech and the poem by Emma Lazurus that adorns the Statue of Liberty.

MLK

“I’m concerned about a better world. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, he can never advocate violence. For through violence you may murder a murderer, but you can’t murder murder. Through violence you may murder a liar, but you can’t establish truth. Through violence you may murder a hater, but you can’t murder hate through violence. Darkness cannot put out darkness; only light can do that.”

Statue of Liberty

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

The Vicious Cycle

In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” America’s involvement in Vietnam was King’s motivation for his Beyond Vietnam speech where he urged his fellow citizens to question American foreign policy and its motives in Vietnam.
50+ years beyond Vietnam silence as a form of betrayal is still relevant as it always seems to of been. Ancient philosophers, prophets, and historians broke the silence between generations when they were compelled to write their findings. In the 21st century, the world has a rich history which displays our interconnectedness and with the technological age is making us more so.
The average citizen is led to believe things are how they are for a reason which may be true and that is enough for most to adapt and deal with many things but further investigation can deduce whether sound reasoning or fallacious reasoning is at our employ. A responsibility those of us in a Representative Republic delegate to elected representatives who are believed to make decisions based on the most sound reasoning and moral judgement being people of higher education and a religious upbringing yet it seems profits and favors have taken sound reasoning and moral judgement’s place.
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered . . . I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies . . . The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”  – Thomas Jefferson

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. Matt. 21:12-13

Defiling a damsel, usury, breaking a vow, selling a tank, a garden, one’s wife, or child, Manu Smriti: 11:62

Quran: 2:275. Those who devour USURY will not stand except as stand one whom the Evil one by his touch Hath driven to madness. That is because they say: “Trade is like usury,” but God hath permitted trade and forbidden usury. Those who after receiving direction from their Lord, desist, shall be pardoned for the past; their case is for God (to judge); but those who repeat (The offence) are companions of the Fire: They will abide therein (for ever).
Usury has been documented throughout historical and religious texts from the Vedas to the Quran. Usury is referred to as a devourer of children in some cases. Americans see this metaphor in the form of debt passed to their children accrediting the debt to a political party’s failed fiscal policy rather than the root cause. 100 years after the passage of the Federal Reserve Act we find ourselves in the throes of a vicious cycle of compounding interest, inflation, bankruptcies, cyclical consumption, planned obsolescence, class stratification and debt passed to present capabilities as well as future enterprise. The antithesis of economy which, by definition, is to strategically preserve and create efficiency. The American government’s policies reflect a government that restrains our vices as well as restrains our virtues and innate ingenuity perhaps to a greater extent.

The Zeitgeist Movement faq states, “The entire global economy requires “cyclical consumption” to operate, which means that money must constantly be circulating. Thus, new goods and services must be constantly introduced regardless of the state of the environment and actual human necessity.” Another fallacious facet is the “cost efficiency mechanism that demands cutting expenses to remain “competitive” in the marketplace which affects quality of the product and makes it immediately inferior.” Those of us who have bought a new car and joke of the value of the new car being cut in half as soon as you drive off the lot have acknowledged this in an offhanded  way.
I gather anyone who has excelled at a profession can bring to attention inefficient practices in their business that is justified and kept quiet for profit. This silence condones participation and betrays the common sense of the citizen. When thought of in broader terms, betrayal of the past and posterity also presents itself.
The average citizen is led to believe government institutions require confidentiality and security clearance to insure public safety and national security. A task of increasing difficulty as technology and its accessibility has increased. The US military budgets $ 1 billion B-2 Spirit Stealth to drop 30,000 lbs. “massive ordinance penetrators”  on objectives worth fractions of the cost in dollar or moral terms. Wars are essentially the ultimate display of human intellectual, diplomatic, and moral failure. The Trident submarine carries the equivalent of 192 Hiroshima bombs. Is there a threat that justifies this level of armament? Meanwhile, in the name of homeland security, citizens undergo increased surveillance and presence of security personnel. It seems the social organism called government has equipped itself for self preservation.
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” George Washington
The dangerous servant has become the fearful master and is rarely viewed as possessor of an appetite for destruction and a gluttony for Power with an ingratiating media. The society envisioned for America’s future that joins the citizens in their affections is doomed for revolution with the world as the stage.
“When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – You may know that your society is doomed.” — Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”, 1957
“…A REVOLUTION IS COMING….a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough, compassionate if we care enough, successful if we are fortunate enough, but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its Character, we cannot alter its inevitability. ” – Robert Kennedy, in a speech to the Senate
This is not a conspiracy theory or an apocalypse scenario in accordance with any faith. It is evidence of a systemic value-system disorder predicated upon usury and its side effects. We have the ability to observe and define these side effects in unprecedented detail shedding light on the vicious cycle as it presently exists: the justification of inefficiency, scarcity, and unjust enterprise in the effort to repay interest bearing debt, the same interest that does not exist in the money supply outright.
A revolution capable of breaking this vicious cycle must be of consummate character equal to the deficiency of character witnessed. With peaceful civil disobedience, an empathic practical wisdom,  and a compassionate education campaign with a customizable curriculum; what might be a tremendous “leap of faith” could be a “leap of trusted calculation.”