Martin Luther King Jr. Quote on injustice from Letter from a Birmingham Jail | Quotes that Matter Monday

Quotes that Matter Monday | Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”- Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

It scares me how relevant this quote is today. “Anyone who lives in the United States can never be considered an outsider within its bounds.” Anyone. Sick. Poor. Of any religion or no religion. Of any race, gender, or sexual orientation. We cannot keep alienating our people. Because they are OUR people. Our criminals are ours as are our smartest scientists and our richest business persons. The law doesn’t change based on of these differentiations. Because “we the people” should mean all of us.

 

I read Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail for the first time in it’s entirety today. I’m not proud that it’s taken this long, but I have a series of other quotes just as powerful as this one that I can’t help but share as well. These are but a few and all from the letter, but they are the ones I find most hard-hitting and sadly still very relevant today in more ways than one. I encourage you to read the full letter here.

 

“My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain in civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.” – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

“Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say ‘wait.'” – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

“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.” – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

“So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice of the extension of justice?” – Martin Luther King Jr, Letter from a Birmingham Jail

 

I want to say more, to yell and scream and fight for others to see the injustices going on in America still today, but shouting before understanding can be a harmful thing. Today I just learn and reflect. But I will always stand up for what is right. I encourage you today to do more than just share a picture or an overused quote. There’s so much deeper. Look for it. Read. I am leaving only this here so that I may keep learning the rest of today. And every day.

 

Keep fighting.
-B

Quotes that Matter Monday | Charlie Kaufman | "People are starving. They may not know it because they’re being fed mass produced garbage. The packaging is colourful and loud, but it’s produced in the same factories that make Pop Tarts and iPads, by people sitting around thinking, ‘What can we do to get people to buy more of these?’"

Quotes that Matter Monday – People are Starving

This is important. This lecture and quote are supposed to be about screenwriting but it applies to everyone. It really does. It’s a necessary excursion from the hum of daily life that we find ourselves trapped in. I actually listened to twice back to back. And then later a third time to write down quotes. I reconize I am a little crazy for that, and I know I’m a little behind because it’s from 2011 but that’s okay. You can read a transcript of the full lecture here or listen to it at the bottom of this post.

Charlie Kaufman, Screenwriters Lecture (September 2011)

 

“Here’s a recent quote that I found: ‘We do not talk, we bludgeon one another with facts and theories gleaned from cursory readings of newspapers, magazines and digests.’ That was actually written in 1945 by Henry Miller and I think it’s timely. I think what it says is that the world has been on its present course for a long time. People all over the world spend countless hours of their lives every week being fed entertainment in the form of movies, TV shows, newspapers, YouTube videos and the internet. And it’s ludicrous to believe that this stuff doesn’t alter our brains.

 

It’s also equally ludicrous to believe that – at the very least – this mass distraction and manipulation is not convenient for the people who are in charge. People are starving. They may not know it because they’re being fed mass produced garbage. The packaging is colourful and loud, but it’s produced in the same factories that make Pop Tarts and iPads, by people sitting around thinking, ‘What can we do to get people to buy more of these?’

 

And they’re very good at their jobs. But that’s what it is you’re getting, because that’s what they’re making. They’re selling you something. And the world is built on this now. Politics and government are built on this, corporations are built on this. Interpersonal relationships are built on this. And we’re starving, all of us, and we’re killing each other, and we’re hating each other, and we’re calling each other liars and evil because it’s all become marketing and we want to win because we’re lonely and empty and scared and we’re led to believe winning will change all that. But there is no winning.” –Charlie Kaufman

 

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Live intentionally,
-B

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Quotes that Matter Monday | Imitate Nature

One thing I’ve learned by growing up in the millennial generation is that we are obsessed with quotes. Quotes about life. Quotes that inspire us. Quotes that make us laugh. Quotes that somehow describe our life so perfectly at that moment that it’s a miracle that someone else said it. And I love it. If quotes can make us feel more connected as human beings, make us laugh, or help us feel better when we are down, then I am 100% a fan.

 

This is why I’m starting a post series called Quotes that Matter Monday (hashtag it, y’all) where I illustrate one of my favorite meaningful quotes and share it with the rest of the world in the hopes that they might draw meaning out of it too. This weeks quote is by one of my biggest role models: adventurer, writer, and child at heart, Jedidiah Jenkins.

 

“Whenever you can, imitate nature. You just might remember that indeed you are also an animal in her kingdom. We spend so much time avoiding this”  -Jedidiah Jenkins

So why does imitating nature matter? You can take it as literally or figuratively as you want, but nature has been around for a whole heck of a lot longer time than mankind has, so there’s definitely something that it can teach us. For me, being more in-tune with nature helps me better appreciate the things I have, which in turn helps me stay more humble, focused, and generous. So what does being in-tune with nature do for you? #quotesthatmattermonday

 

 

 

Check out Jed’s Insta and his blog about his amazing bike trip, Oregon to Patagonia. They’ll blow your mind. Oh, and he’s writing a book on this trip and his life, so be on the lookout soon!

 

Live intentionally,
-B