American history has been about the ongoing challenge of refining our understanding and acceptance of the eternal truths that enable men and women to live together freely and creatively.
Dr. King played a critical role in moving this nation along in this process. He helped the nation understand that these truths remained blurred if some, for bigoted reasons, could not participate and contribute. All suffer for the omission of even a few.
King pushed the nation to turn its eyes to the heavens so that truth might be perceived more clearly and, as result, our freedom enhanced.
This is our struggle in 2011. How do we understand the truths, the rules, by which we live better so that our social reality – our laws and our government – enhances rather than stifles our freedom and creativity?
And so we should also note that Steve Jobs was born to a college student, an unwed mother, who put him up for adoption. It was 1955, eighteen years before Roe v Wade.
Let’s us be thankful this young woman brought her child into the world. Where would we be today if not?
We still have many rules to fix.