Today is Blue Monday, supposedly the saddest day of the year. This idea originated as a PR stunt by Sky Travel in the UK back in 2005, but it’s picked up steam since then, probably because it seems reasonable on the face of it. After all, it’s not a pretty time of the year in the UK or in many other parts of the northern hemisphere. Still, it’s not like your depression is going to magically get worse today and then ease off tomorrow.
Today also happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US. It’s observed on the third Monday in January, around the time of his birthday, which was January 15, 1929. He was a very wise man, and there was a timeless quality to much of what he had to say that transcended the context of the civil rights movement at that time in history.
So, to spread a little light on the gloom of Blue Monday, here are some quotes from Dr. King.
True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.
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.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destine. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.
The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.
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