Over fifty years ago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke some insanely powerful words that are still relevant to today’s society. Most of us remember his amazing “I Have A Dream” speech and his cry for equal rights for all men and women, not just those of African decent. Yet there was another short excerpt from one of his speeches that speaks directly to those who push the boundaries of technology and science, an admonishment of sorts, in which he questions what our technology has really gained us when we still struggle to simply hold each other up as human beings.
“When we look at modern man, we have to face the fact that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast with a scientific and technological abundance. We’ve learned to fly the air as birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas as fish, yet we haven’t learned to walk the Earth as brothers and sisters.”
It’s safe to say that we have come a very long way since the days of Dr. King and there is still much work to be done and many hearts to change. While there are still those in this world who continue to judge by the color of a persons skin, there’s an even greater number of people who do not. Thanks to Dr. King and others like him who promoted equality through peaceful efforts and demonstration. I like to think technology has helped break down the barriers by providing opportunities to connect with others and I hope it continues to do so. The bottom line is, let’s walk this life together as “brothers and sisters”. We like to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today and thank him for all his efforts to a better world.