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Response to Cha (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 07:09 PM

18. The Arc of the Universe Is Long But It Bends Towards Justice

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Quoted by Barack Obama, attributed to Martin Luther King, Jr., who learned it from the Unitarian minister Theodore Parker:



"...Dr. King once said that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends towards justice. It bends towards justice, but here is the thing: it does not bend on its own. It bends because each of us in our own ways put our hand on that arc and we bend it in the direction of justice...."


~ Barack Obama

...In 1961, Dr. King used these words when he explained his principles of nonviolence. On March 31, 1968, only four days before his assassination, he used these same words in the National Cathedral when he gave what would be his last sermon. He employed this phrase many times, before many audiences...

Dr. King's words echo those of the 19th-century Unitarian minister Theodore Parker. In his 1853 sermon on "Justice and the Conscience," Parker declared:

"I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice."

The arc of the moral universe is long. When Parker first spoke of the arc of the moral universe bending towards justice 155 years ago, he did so to share a dream of a nation that few then held. When Dr. King echoed these words four decades ago, he did so to comfort and encourage those who were dedicated to making that dream a reality. When Senator Obama used these same words, he did so as a call to action to perfect that nation.


There is cruelty in our history, enough to bring tears to our eyes, at the link. Remember, Inauguration Day this year will fall on the observed date for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21st.

As President Roosevelt said:



There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.


~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Yes, Full Circle it is.

http://www.quoteland.com/author/Franklin-D-Roosevelt-Quotes/4/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr._Day

http://open.salon.com/blog/arthur_howe/2009/01/18/the_arc_of_the_universe_is_long_but_it_bends_towards_justice

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