“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve”

Martin Luther King jr

This is a wonderful day to remember Martin Luther King jr, a deeply flawed human being who was also an exceptional benefactor to the human race.  In his “Drum Major” sermon, he made this important point:

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve

In this sermon, he pointed out that we all have a drive to attain respect, honor, recognition, greatness.  He paraphrased the message of Jesus in Mark 10:35-40 in this way:

Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be first in love.  I want you to be first in moral excellence. I want you to be first in generosity.

These are words to live by, for all of us who are deeply flawed human beings.

Today is not only the U.S.A.’s national holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King jr, but the date of Barack Obama’s second presidential inaugurationOur president will publicly take the oath of office on Martin Luther King jr’s bible, facing the the site where King gave his “I have a dream” speech.

Let’s all remember, along with Barack Obama, that everybody, not just the leader of the free world, can be great.

Let’s all remember that this Key & Peele sketch is just a joke.  The best path to respect, honor, recognition, greatness is by helping to make the world a better place, and not by intimidation and force.

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