Thinking about what we face in our renewed battle against Business as Usual, I recall some of the quotes from Martin Luther King, inscribed in glass at his Yerba Buena Gardens memorial, which stands behind a waterfall beside the grassy roof of Moscone North in San Francisco. Each brings to mind a different leader in our movement:
For Larry: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
For Dave: Through our scientific genius, we have made this world a neighborhood; now through our moral and spiritual development we must make of it a brotherhood. In a real sense, we must learn to live together as brothers, or we will perish together as fools.
For Richard: There is nothing in all the world greater than freedom. It is worth paying for; it is worth going to jail for. I would rather die in abject poverty with my convictions than live in inordinate riches with lack of self-respect.
For all of us (and especially David): We must rapidly begin to shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
Yes, I know they don’t all agree about everything. That doesn’t matter.[The Doc Searls Weblog]