Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Along with all the turmoil in the financial markets - our obessesing about our financial predicament, it struck me that i should listen to the man who name bears the title of the holiday Americans celebrated yesterday. Here's a line that stuck out for me this time: "We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism."
I think about how immediacy has gripped us. Most everything in our lives must happen right now if it is to have any value at all. I think we lose sight of the urgency of now. King begins this speech by referring to the 100 years since the immancipation proclamation that has left America socially bankrupt. From our vantage point it is far to easy to see these enormous cataclysmic changes as but a series of dates ona calendar. Entries in a date book. Now doesn't mean the same thing that it did back then.

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