Speaking Truth to Power From a Place of Love and Compassion
With the world on a precipice, love and compassion are needed when speaking truth to power. Love is a necessary condition for positive change but it isn’t, by itself, sufficient. Love plus truth-to-power is both necessary and sufficient.
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love,” said Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
At the link below is a speech that is one of the most powerful examples of speaking truth to power using both love and compassion.
Everything he said 50 years ago applies to our current situation; only the ‘enemy’ has changed.Why have many of us never heard this speech?
My first time hearing it was today, following President Trump’s recent Muslim ban. Dr King’s speech is almost hallucinatory in its power and beauty.
If you listen to the entire speech you will have the spirit of a great thinker and soul touch you to your core. You will understand that this speech was written for 2017 as much as it was for 1967.
Take time out to listen with your eyes closed. This will allow you to really hear these incredible words of speaking truth to power with compassion.
The voices we mostly hear speaking up now are the usual: good-hearted politicians and activists. But we need to hear from many more – and particularly from those who hold positions of power and influence who haven’t yet spoken up.
‘Power and influence’ should not mean solely on a national scale. It also means the influence you have in your family, church, office or community.
Dr. King himself was silent on the Vietnam War for a long time. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, he delivered this amazing speech that encompassed not just the Vietnam War but also went to the heart of how unjust wars and oppression and hatred have been allowed to flourish.
Author: Harrell Guy Graham
Harrell is the creator of the ‘you are here’ and ‘good planets are hard to find’ designs. He also started a campaign – ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ – to reduce light pollution so people can see the stars. During senior year at Bellaire High School in Houston he started an underground newspaper and took the school to court on First Amendment grounds when the principal said they were communists and suspended them for daring to suggest changes to the educational system. Harrell graduated Antioch College 1977. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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