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Martin Luther King Jr. - Parallels

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And our next guest is the winner of the nobel prize for peace. Would you please welcome a very outstanding and controverial gentleman Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr I feel that the war is so unjust, so abominable, so futile and bloody and costly. We are on the losing end both there and at home Because as long as the war continues social programs will inevitably suffer here at home. The time has come for America to hear the truth about this tragic war. There comes a time when silence is betrayal. The truth of these words is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom. There has never been such a monumental dissent during a war by the American people. This reveals that millions have chosen to move beyond the prophesying of smooth patriotism to the high grounds of firm dissent based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading of history. I have [ ] against the administration's policy and I only hope the president meant what he says when he said that there should always be room for dissent. would run for president there is an unwritten rule requiring effect would destroy you following arithmetic who should be measured by are a bit of a computer intolerable who the hundreds of them paramilitary polluting the nation behayelit democracy remembering listened a moment baboon all that hadn't met before there have been moment optic nerve laura patrolman something written eating the whole nation here i mean i share if you have not been duplication them problem paper with truman and would work on hand rewriting and contentment jumped much martin sunburn nuclear war with these principles computer corporation room in the content of pollution reverend rick hammond again alone that loretta reason why uh... we should restrain and there are ballot or more motorola melaka probably don't need to build who were arrested retarded paramilitary are about a program or about your realistic nations interviews there it's and there the i_r_s_ no doubt about that i'm not there's room brown we're nouveau motive miserable miserable rubina population and when you mechanism dirt-poor compress america brown's from uh... clark problems the revisited wariness several tape reasons sugar temporarily to respond to things god works picks are american apparel group patient to the breadth the simple form themself through sunburns with paint removals and horrible musician and that is this burglary broderbund memory and and and and our president wilderness It is estimated, that we spend five hundred thousand dollars to kill each enemy soldier while we spend only 53 dollars for each person classified as poor. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such. Perhaps the more tragic recognition of reality took place when it became clear to me, that the war was doing far more than devastating the hopes of the poor at home. We were taking the young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them eight thousand miles away to fight and die. As I have walked among the desperate, rejected and angry young men I have told them that Molotov cocktails and rifles would not solve their problems. But they asked -- and rightly so -- what about War? They asked if our own nation wasn't using massive doses of violence to solve its problems. And I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government. They are products of the problem rather than causes of the problem. memorable regarding frederick group it's very cute years preparation and record pool the root of the problem and you recall recruitment here major on that are with her remembering rubin turned into a normal people move speaking arrayed beer world uh... brenda moran maruti unproven will emerge from mara peripheral remember requirement that will remember that were paragraph preparing and i'm online he but more importantly right perhaps the in terms of thats ok hasn't done rows of peace without a car with the amount of peace mcmahan of the performance talk about it worrying about what we arrive i don't think of that all week that i'd think that we love the something home organized itself a direct action uh... this is what i can speak in this building in the south but uh... we did not have been yeah and his struggle that means we sit down and nothing There's a great deal of difference between non-resistance to evil and non-violent resistance. Non-resistance leaves you in a state of stagnant passivity and dead-end complacency. Wherein non-violent resistance means that you do resist in a very strong and determined manner. I think it does something to touch the conscience and establish a sense of guilt. It disturbs this sense of contentment he's had. Now so often people respond to guilt by engaging more in the guilt-evoking act in an attempt to drown the sense of guilt The other thing is that a man of conscience can never be a consensus leader. He doesn't take a stand in order to search fo consensus, he's ultimately [a molder] how about your report that though america released and emblem of the crumpled and memorable and beneath the waves bending moment challenges one of the controversy and i would think that position here if i didn't have a majority of people bring with them Let me say finally that I oppose the war because I love America. I speak out against this war, not in anger, but with anxiety and sorrow in my heart, and, above all, with a passionate desire to see our beloved country stand as the moral example of the world. I speak out against this war because I am disappointed with America. And there can be no great disappointment where there is not great love. We are presently moving down a dead-end road that can lead to national disaster. America has strayed to the far country of racism and militarism. All men are bothers. All men are created equal. Every man is an heir to a legacy of dignity and worth. It is time for all people of conscience to call upon America to come back home. Come home, America. There will be no meaningful solution until some attempt is made to know these people and hear their broken cries. We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village. This is a role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful revolutions impossible but refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that comes from the immense profits of overseas investments. When 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. We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our present policies. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth It will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, "This way of settling differences is not just." A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. It is a sad fact that, the western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch anti-revolutionaries. Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism. A genuine revolution of values means in the final analysis that our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies. This call for a world-wide fellowship that lifts neighbourly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all men. This oft misunderstood and misinterpreted concept – so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force – has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of MANKIND Man will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nations will not rise up against nations, neither shall they study war anymore. And I don't know about you -- I ain't gonna study war no more. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Duration: 15 minutes and 12 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: TheFifthGreatApe
Director: TheFifthGreatApe
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Posted by: tzmgermany on Mar 11, 2013

A short film that alludes to the parallels of social circumstance during the Vietnam War and the present day. Furthermore, focusing on the heroism of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how that might apply to you. - Mirrored from:

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