Do you agree?
Like a lot of people I've thought about Martin Luther King Jr today, particularly his powerful speeches and how his friendship with Thich Nhat Hanh inspired him to speak up about Vietnam and how they were united in their efforts for peace and equality through non-violent means and were truly 'brothers'. I've thought about how inclusive his views of other religions were. While King was "unequivocal about his Christian commitment", he saw the "powerful commonality across all faiths". I also love that the 'Time to Break the Silence' Speech includes one of my favorite verses John 4:7-8, 12 about how everyone who LOVES ONE ANOTHER knows and loves God. He saw all people truly as brothers, and saw things from pluralistic perspective and that we are always better together and not divided.
I've thought about how similar his Love Your Enemies speech is to teachings of Buddha, Jesus, and Gandhi (parallel sayings in link below).
Art of Dharma: Love your enemies
Do you respect his inclusiveness and message of love and unity? Do you think we should all aspire to be inclusive and find what we have in common rather than only focusing on our differences?
"When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am not speaking of that force which is just emotional bosh. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Muslim-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate -- ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: "Let us love one another, for love is God. And every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love." "If we love one another, God dwelleth in us and his love is perfected in us."4 Let us hope that this spirit will become the order of the day."
MLK: Time to Break the Silence
'When, as a seminary student, King was introduced to the satyagraha ("love-force") philosophy of the Indian Hindu leader Mahatma Gandhi, King did not reject it because it came from a different religion. Instead, he sought to find resonances between Gandhi's Hinduism and his own interpretation of Christianity. Indeed, it was Gandhi's movement in India that provided King with a 20th century version of what Jesus would do. King patterned nearly all the strategy and tactics of the civil rights movement -- from boycotts to marches to readily accepting jail time -- after Gandhi's leadership in India. King called Gandhi "the first person in history to lift the love ethic of Jesus above mere interaction between individuals to a powerful and effective social force."
King's friendship with the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh inspired one of his most controversial moves, the decision to publicly oppose the Vietnam War. In his letter nominating Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize, King wrote, "He is a holy man. ... His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to a world brotherhood, to humanity."
MLK was an Interfaith Visionary too
"This would be a notably auspicious year for you to bestow your Prize on the Venerable Nhat Hanh. Here is an apostle of peace and non-violence, cruelly separated from his own people while they are oppressed by a vicious war which has grown to threaten the sanity and security of the entire world."
Letter nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize
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