Monday, January 18, 2010
Today is the Martin Luther King Jr Holiday. Dr. King is remembered for his "I have a Dream" speech which was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington Dc. Dr King said "I have a dream that one day my four children will be judged by the contents of their hearts and not the color of their skin". We are not there yet but we inch closer. In part, Dr. King's movement has been hijacked and subverted to the goals of those who have followed him but his dream remains and his words are quoted to our children. As long as the real message is not lost, all is not lost.
Dreamers are the heart of our society. Dr. King, Bloody Mary in "South Pacific": "If you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?" Perhaps the greatest dreamer of all times is Walter Elias Disney whose credo was: "Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare!" Walt Disney went into one of the most risky business in existence, an amusement park, and he founded his entire empire on a mouse. As they say, the rest is history.
Mama Cass Elliot put the words to music, "Dream a Little Dream"