Awake for a great revolution

There are all too many people who, in some great period of social change, fail to achieve the new mental outlooks that the new situation demands. There is nothing more tragic than to sleep through a revolution. There can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in our world today. It is a social revolution, sweeping away the old order of colonialism. And in our own nation it is sweeping away the old order of slavery and racial segregation. The wind of change is blowing, and we see in our day and our age a significant development. Victor Hugo said on one occasion that there is nothing more powerful in all the world than an idea whose time has come. In a real sense, the idea whose time has come today is the idea of freedom and human dignity. Wherever men are assembled today, the cry is always the same, “We want to be free.” And so we see in our own world a revolution of rising expectations. The great challenge facing every individual graduating today is to remain awake through this social revolution.

-Martin Luther King, Jr., Commencement address for Oberlin College, 1965

 

Cool Quote of the Day: Dreaming another world awake

“If you want to take it to a more mystical, spiritual level, they’re dreaming another world awake. That’s the way some of them see it.”

– Jerome Lewis, a social anthropologist at University College London, about the egalitarian society of pygmy hunter-gatherers

(Image: Jean-Pierre Hallet, founder of The Pygmy Fund, cradling a pygmy child)