…tragic misconception of time, from the strangely irrational notion that there is something in the very flow of time that will inevitably cure all ills. Actually, time itself is neutral; it can be used either destructively or constructively. More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.

Last night I read these powerful words from the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. who wrote them while imprisoned in Birmingham Jail. I think is a good quote to think about whenever we wonder about what we will make of our lives.



6 responses to “Time

  1. MLK, jr. – one of my heros and greatest inspirations! My greatest concern, the older I get: ” ..appalling silence of the good people.” I believe that this allows the bad to amplify and echo exponentially.

    Your post is thoughtful and inspiring. It gave me the boost I needed today. Thank you! :)

    • It’s so true. It is easy to be complacent. There’s another quote that comes to mind from the Simpsons: “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” I think we all need a reminder now and again.

      I’m so glad that my post could make your day a little better. You’re welcome!

  2. My students and I are studying the Civil Rights Movement right now and the Letter from Birmingham Jail is the very next thing on our agenda! And yes, he is right – it is not enough to abstain from doing evil – it must be actively fought.

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