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A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

January 26, 2015

A happy belated birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King, a truly great American. I was reminded recently about Dr. King's final sermon which was delivered in Memphis. As part of his Poor People's Campaign, Dr. King traveled to Memphis to support local sanitation workers in their drive for safer working conditions and higher wages. Dr. King's sermon focused on a story from the Bible about what we commonly refer to now as a Good Samaritan. The story is about what three people (each traveling separately) who all encounter a man in need during their travels. The first two men continue on their journey and refuse to offer aid. The third traveler is from Samaria and stops to help the man. This good Samaritan not only transports the man (at great personal sacrifice) to safety but pays for the care he needs.

Dr. King talked about this story in his sermon and discussed the differences between the first two men and the man from Samaria. He said that the first two men asked themselves, "What will happen to me if I help this man?" They would be delayed significantly and potentially shamed for helping this stranger. The man from Samaria looked at the situation and asked a much different question. He asked, "What will happen to me if I don't help this man?" The answer is clear when the question is framed in that manner.

Even almost 50 years after his death, Dr. King's sermon still teaches us a timeless lesson:

The only path to happiness is through the service to others.

As always, thank you from 100 Percent.


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