Yesterday was of course the 50th anniversary commemorating Martin Luther King's speech about freedom.
I turned the radio on to catch the news and a weather report, and caught the tail end of a talk show. The host was saying how Americans don't give a crap about
the MLK speech, what it is, or what it stands for. It happened 50+ years ago
so who the hell cares? The only people who really care are the media and those who were there when it happened. Real Americans (including himself, he said) care about tomorrow,
not the ancient past. They care about who's going to be playing in the
starting line up of the next football game. That's what real Americans care about.
Seriously? Is that what we've become? Have we really become so self
centered that we don't care about the significance of events like MLK's
speech, or what eventually happened to President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy,
or Martin Luther King himself?
I wasn't there personally. I was about a year old when MLK spoke, two years
old when President Kennedy was assassinated, seven when Bobby Kennedy
and MLK were shot and killed, but, all of those events were significant
turning points in our history. Events that every American had either
experienced first hand, or learned about in school. We honored and
celebrated what those men did and what they stood for. We cared. It mattered.
How many of us were around when Presidents Washington and Lincoln were in office? None I'd guess. That's really
ancient history to most of us. Yet, shouldn't we still care about who
those men were and what they stood for?
The days set aside to honor them have become nothing more than sale days at the shopping mall. Is that what all significant events are destined to become? Sale days?
And if we have become the way that talk show host says,
maybe we need to change, to go back, because all generations should
realize the significance of our past, regardless of whether it's considered 'ancient' history or not. Regardless of whether or not we were physically there. We have to know where we came from, to know where
we're headed. At least that's my opinion.
I feel so out of touch. I guess that comes with age.
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