Monday January 17, 2011
This is a day to reflect on Martin Luther King's message of tolerance and equality. His dream is a noble one and one that we should all strive to embrace. I often think that the best way to live is by being kind, honest, and generous of mind and spirit. I love the notion of paying it forward - i.e. when someone does something nice to you, you turn around and do something nice for someone else. Imagine a world where everyone behaved that way.
In the context of the human spirit, I just read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It is a MUST read for many reasons - as an historical account of the atrocities that occurred in the Pacific Theater of WW II, the strength of the human spirit and will to live, the importance of dignity and the power of prayer. What is horrifying is what humans are capable to doing to others - the physical and mental brutality seems surreal and inconceivable.
So, as I ponder my dream of sharing the old ways of cooking and eating through the stories, I am thankful that I can pursue a passion. Let us not forget how quickly civilized people can turn into ogres. Let's celebrate King's message of tolerance and equality - any other option is not an option!!