Why should we rejoice when the President avoids meeting with serious journalists, and instead entertains conversations with comedians? This is a day to mourn the state of what passes as journalism, and to mourn the state of our republic.
We laugh at Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day because we too step in the same puddle every day, relive the same tensions with the same people every day. And ultimately, love breaks the rut of existence.
Muslims remember the Prophet as having taught us: “Die before you die.” It is a paradoxical statement, with two deaths. And a luminous life in the middle.
Here are seven quotes from Martin that are helpful to recall Martin the prophet, Martin the radical activist of love-and-justice, and to help us move beyond the myth of the sanitized Martin.
Often at this time of the year, we join in the prayer for peace on Earth, and goodwill to all men (and women). This year my prayer is a bit different.
The sacred is not a zero sum game for me. Participating in Christmas does not dilute my own Muslim faith. I am not for uncritical assimilation, but I also have enough confidence in the beauty of where I stand to recognize the beauty of where my fellow human beings stand.
My observation is simply this: It is not the responsibility of the state to legislate what consenting adults can or cannot do provided there is no harm being inflicted on others.
Martin was born 11 years after Mandela, and has been dead for 45 years. We lose some of the beautiful ones far too early, and get to have others around for a while. Truly, it’s not the longevity of our life, it’s the quality of our living.