It has been a Depressing Dry Spell
It has been a week since I last wrote a posting to my blog. I am not sure why I hit this dry spell. It began with a frustration on not finding the right things I wanted to say on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
It continued when my computer refused to load the Operating System. I had to threaten a trip to the tech guy before it mysteriously worked. I defraged it and it has behaved itself ever since.
I have been depressed. . .need i say more!
I have not been very communicative with anyone.
My sows have not farrowed yet and I am exhausted from trips to the barn in the cold in the middle of the night. Still, no piglets . . .but soon. I heard another sow which was at Club Porcine with my two sow gals had a litter and was not too happy about it. . . .she attacked her landlord! I have never been attacked by a sow. (Something to look forward to. Gee, years ago my lady friend, Gayle had to shove her arm up a sows birth canal to dislodge a wedged piglet. She lived to tell about it! )
So pick the excuse you like best.
Here is what I decided to say about Dr. King.
He looms very large in my life. One of my heros from a time in my life when I was seriously trying to shape my own thinking on matters of the World. I am not one who displays many icons around my house , not even many family photos. I did for years hang Dr King's picture in my house.
When I was attending Boston University Theological School, I even referenced a copy of his doctoral dissertation. Like many of my generation he offered us leadership and hope with a vision of a better world.
Dr. Matin Luther King, Jr.
I am not very comfortable with there being a national American holiday in memory of Dr. King. So many people have good things to say about him who would at an earlier time have been in the front ranks of those who opposed him and his ideas.
Nowadays, everyone seems to be comfortable with him a a civil rights leader, it seems so right and just now. What was all the fuss about! For many of us it was obviously right and just back then with the Jim Crow segregation being a blight on the United States, and racism beyond contempt. I remember how he and others were persecuted for stating the obvious truths then. By celebrating him now his message and his life is coopted by many who would have been ready to denounce him at a previous time.
If he were alive today he would be in the front lines of the struggle against war, militarism and social justice. He would be being denouced as a radical, a liberal, (which I always thought was praiseworthy) and no double a terrorist!. So for me to hear politicians who have not done anything to further his ideas and choose to bask in the glow of his honoured place among us for political reasons makes me angry and sad.
It seems civil rights is a safe and acceptable issue to honour him today. BUT, his thought moved beyond the civil rights issue. He was more profoundly radical in his thought than any present day politician would want to be associated.
This past week, I honoured Dr. King by going back and revisiting his written ideas. Here are some of them you wont hear adopted by todays politicians. . . .sadly so!
"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government. ... There is something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that would praise you when you say, 'Be nonviolent toward [Selma, Ala. sheriff] Jim Clark!' but will curse and damn you when you say, 'Be nonviolent toward little brown Vietnamese children!' There is something wrong with that press! ...
"I'm convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. ... When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered. A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies. ... True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation."
A sermon on April 4, 1967 at Ebenezer Babtist Church, Atlanta
Can you imagine any present day American politician signing on to Dr. King's agenda for change. Not very likely! How different the World would be if Dr King's message had been heard and implemented.
I choose to avoid the public praise for Dr. King, as shallow faint praise and privately revisit his life, dream and vision of what could have transformed out World. Hopefully, these ideas will lie dormant until a worthy leader appears to lead us, once again.
Besides, anticipating upon becoming a midwife to two litters of pigs, I continue to frolic with my dog, Gage. I made the above collage to celebrate his life with me. As you can see he does a lot of sleeping. When outside he doesn't stand still long enough for me to get a good picture.
Hopefully, I will post more regularly for the next little while.