Developing a World Perspective – All Life is Interrelated


Martin Luther King, “A Christmas Sermon On Peace”, Dec. 24, 1967:

“… If we are to have peace on earth,
our loyalties must become
ecumenical rather than sectional.
Our loyalties must
transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.

No individual can live alone;
no nation can live alone,
and as long as we try,
the more we are going to have war
in this world.

Now the judgment of God is upon us,
and we must either learn to live together as brothers
or we are all going to perish together as fools …

… It really boils down to this:
that all life is interrelated.
We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality,
tied into a single garment of destiny.
Whatever affects one directly,
affects all indirectly.
We are made to live together
because of the interrelated structure of reality …

… we will never have peace in the world
until men everywhere recognize
that ends are not cut off from means,
because the means represent the ideal in the making,
and the end in process,
and ultimately you can’t
reach good ends through evil means,
because the means represent the seed
and the end represents the tree …

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