A Good Day

In honor of the day of memory for Martin Luther King, Jr., I’m going to comment on one of my favorite quotes by him.

“I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

I have a lot of different thoughts about this quote.  I think it rings very true – people have to have convictions that they hold that dearly to really be able to accomplish anything.  While I certainly wouldn’t argue death is an appropriate punishment for those who don’t have them, individuals without strong convictions should seriously question their lives and their directions in them.

My roommate, a former U.S. Marine and I recently had a discussion about the military draft (which I’ll spare you from, though my thoughts are pretty solidly formed in terms of opinion).  He made a comment that has rung through my head a bit, though, which I think lines up well with the above quote from Dr. King.  “A country which cannot find volunteers to defend her does not deserve to and will not continue.”

On that note, dear reader, goodnight.


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