Monday, January 19, 2009

Building a Peaceful World

We will not build a peaceful world by following a negative path.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary
to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely
on the negative expulsion of war but on the positive affirmation
of peace. We must see that peace represents a sweeter music,
a cosmic melody, that is far superior to the discords of war.

Somehow, we must transform the dynamics of the world power
struggle from the negative nuclear arms race, which no one can
win, to a positive contest to harness humanity's creative genius
for the purpose of making peace and prosperity a reality for all the
nations of the world.

In short, we must shift the arms race into a peace race. If we have
a will - and determination - to mount such a peace offensive, we
will unlock hitherto tightly sealed doors of hope and transform our
imminent cosmic elegy into a psalm of creative fulfillment.


-- Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)
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