young minds are impressionable ... they start out an unformed lump of clay.
my young mind was very much impressed by the words of wisdom I occasionally heard, from courageous leaders of the day.
leaders who were fighting hard, to make the world a more fair and equitable place.
leaders who did change the world for the better, in the short time they had ...
young minds remember that kind of wisdom ... and then the pain.
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”-- Martin Luther King, Jr. -- thinkexist.com -- page 2
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.”
“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”-- Martin Luther King, Jr. -- thinkexist.com -- page 1
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.”
“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'”
“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.”-- Robert Francis Kennedy -- thinkexist.com -- page 1
“But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?”
“Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.”
“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
“It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.”-- Robert Francis Kennedy -- thinkexist.com -- page 2 & 3
“I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.”
“Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.”
“The greatest truth must be recognition that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness.”
young minds are impressionable ... they eventually become well-worn vessels
which are capable of storing up the wisdom ... and the pain.
and hopefully we strive to do better, to make the most of the short time we each have -- to help make the world a more fair and equitable place.
... as all true leaders before us, have tried to do ...