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Remembering MLK in restored NBC video

In some rarely-seen footage from 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. talks about the new phase of the Civil Rights movement for “genuine equality.” For 26 minutes, he’s just as eloquent and sincere as you imagined:

“It is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps…And many Negroes, by the thousands and millions, have been left bootless … as the result of a society that deliberately made his color a stigma…”

King was assassinated 11 months later. Today marks the 50th anniversary of his death.

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Life & Philosophy Quotes

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We all live in our own Internet bubbles. We carve our own niches, friend those that reconfirm our beliefs and defriend those who reject them. No wonder our perspective is warped.

The challenge, therefore, is listening to the views of the other side and accepting their opinion despite your own disagreement. The harder part though is reshaping the opposing person’s thought patterns, questioning their beliefs right to their face without losing your composure.

They say disagreement is why the democratic system works. But when the other side fixates on reversing the experiment that’s when it’s time to become a bit grittier and protect against backwardness. Things can always be better, especially in times like these where you strive to get back to where you were in the first place.

“Almost always the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

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Creativity Quotes

There is little reward for conformity

Conformity is a personal crisis. You’re not going to die, but you’re certainly not going to stand out. Uniqueness is the seed of self-expression. Taylor Swift started writing music because her school made her feel like an outcast. But rejection is the cue, a signal to create your own style.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

N0w I don’t want to go so far as to compare the accomplishments of Taylor Swift to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s but the idea is similar — when you’re trying something different you’re unpopular by default.

You can either cop-out and follow the herd or decide to be your own person, make your own decisions, and convince others to come along with you. Leadership is often the hardest to skill to develop and maintain. Once you reach a level of success, you’ll need to find your way back to solitude to maintain your original thinking.

You can either tell your story or live the life of someone else’s. Society needs difference-makers, not people that all think and act the same. It takes courage to be yourself, but you’ll be happier if you craft the life you want rather than racing on the same racetrack as everybody else.

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Pragmatic Rebellion

How often do you break the rules? How often are you the person to stand up against something everyone knows is absurd?

People are standing up to fight wrongdoing:

  • Birkan Isin saved an Istanbul park from destruction and sparked Turkey’s mass protests
  • Snowden gut checked the NSA and lit a worldwide discussion on the future of Internet privacy
  • Ai Wewei continues to expose the flaws of “Chinese democracy” through his art

All it takes is one person to stand up and point out obvious injustices. A practical cause quickly creates awareness and widespread advocacy.

Everyone knows what’s right but is afraid to speak up or act. Racial segregtation would’ve persisted if Rosa Parks simply gave up her seat.

Rebellion is sometimes pragmatic, not a threat against the rules but a chance to question them and clean them up. But it takes balls to be the one to rise and light that fire. Risk can be life-threatening. So is inaction.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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The creative dedicated minority

“Almost always the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”

Martin Luther King Jr.