Thursday, June 26, 2014

Random Observation

I've occasionally observed O'ists making claims like "Dr. Martin Luther King wasn't so great. He was a Communist!" Setting aside the fact that it wasn't until the end of his life that he started sporting a Communist ideology, it's odd to me that this, of all things, is what O'ists choose to nit-pick with Dr. King. You guys do realize what he was a doctor of, right? Hint: it wasn't a Ph.D. in "having a rational worldview."

CNN's current special on "The 60s," which I am unfortunately subjected to at the gym, includes a number of clips of Dr. King. I was particularly struck by an impassioned speech he gave in which he criticized President Kennedy for not living up to the ideals that had gained him the votes of King and his supporters. Repeatedly, throughout the speech, King stated that he had "spoken with God," and that God had told him "not to stop fighting until he'd secured the freedom of his people." His entire case in this particular speech rested on his personal relationship with an invisible man in the sky.

Years ago, I read some of King's essays, and consequently I know that he had better ideas at his disposal than "God said so." But it's also true that God had the final say in his book. And let's face it, no matter how many people believe in this crap, it's so irrational it's almost insane. So here's the question:

Who the fuck cares?

Dr. King's heroic acts aren't lessened by his partially (a very small part) wrong-headed motivations. He demonstrated extreme commitment to values- objective values- and he deserves unequivocal praise for that. And so does Edward Snowden. Oh yeah, I went there.

Peace out bitchez,

S. Misanthrope

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