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Mlk Suicide

Mlk Suicide

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“If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live.” -MLK Jr.

These words, spoken by MLK Jr. are some powerful words that one can read and attempt to wrap the fragile mind around. Through out the discourse of man kind there have been many of men that have died for what they believed. King himself was one of these men, however he did not die by choice his was a life taken out of ignorance and bigotry. I have to say through my life I have not until the birth of my child had anything I would readily lay down my life for and this includes my country, faith, or property. I can understand how one's beliefs can drive them to believe that if they were to be a martyr then they would live forever, however this maybe due to my lack of faith in religion, country, or just overall ignorance of the world around me. As I grow older and more educated about the circumstances about the surrounding world, I find that there is more and more that I am willing to kill over; my rights, my land, my environment, and my son. In his book Stride Toward Freedom King explains how Christian love and nonviolent methods guided the movement. In weekly meetings he would emphasize that the use of violence would be both impractical and immoral. “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love; we must meet physical force with soul force. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding.” Although to King nonviolence was a way of life, he was glad that the black people were willing to accept it as a method; he presented it simply as Christianity in action. In Stride Toward Freedom King elucidates six key points about the philosophy of nonviolence. I still have to admit that the idea of dying for anything other than my child just seems like something that would just be foolish. In the event that I was killed while doing something that I was wholly dedicated too such as a humanitarian effort or something of that nature and it was either indirectly or intentional I still think that it would not be an immediate decision or a conscientious one that I would engage as in suicide attack of any kind. I am more than willing to place myself in great

physical danger for the things I believe in and if the situation arises where in I die for these causes then so be it. That being said I must withdraw my previous declaration of saying that I would not die for something that I believed in and that I am willing to die for a cause but I would not willingly take my own life in the name of any cause, belief, or nation.

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