Thursday, February 19, 2009

MORE THAN REALPOLITIK

"Expediency asks the question: Is it politic? Vanity asks the question: Is it popular? But conscience asks the question: Is it right? And there comes a time when you must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular - but you must take it simply because conscience tells you it is right." - Martin Luther King Jr., 'To Chart Our Course for the Future' (1968)

1 comment:

Paul Maurice Martin said...

I sometimes wonder if that's what happened to the baby boomers. MLK and RFK were assassinated within a couple months of each other. This was followed by the Nixon presidency.

If that's not enough to kill off idealism for at least a generation, I don't know what is...