Topic– Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators;
8) The life of Martin Luther King provides us with many valuable lessons. Discuss.(250 words)
Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the lessons we can learn from the life of Martin Luther King.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few introductory lines about Martin Luther King. E.g Dr. King left us not only a world historical legacy of thought and practice, but defined us as a moral and social vanguard across the world. At the heart of his ethical philosophy is his recognition and reaffirmation of the rights, dignity, divine destiny and potentiality of Black people.
Discuss in points the lessons one can learn from his life. E.g
- Dr. King rightly saw that unless we believe in ourselves, we could not believe in or successfully carry out our mission. And thus, he called for respect for the Divine in us and for what he called “a divine dissatisfaction” with the wrongs and evils of the world—oppression, injustice, inequality and war.
- the moral right and responsibility to resist evil and injustice, including disobeying the established order and its unjust laws.
“to accept passively an unjust system is to cooperate with that system.” One also collaborates when one turns a blind eye to injustice. For “to ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it.”
- like all our great leaders, taught that religion must have a social role as well as a spiritual one. Indeed, he taught they are interrelated. A true religion, he states, is obligated to deal “with the whole man; not only with his soul but also with his body, not only with his spiritual well-being, but also with his social wellbeing.”
- centrality of struggle, not only to free ourselves, but also to repair, transform and strengthen ourselves in the ongoing efforts to build and sustain the Beloved Community or good world. “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable,” he stated. “Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle.”
Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.