Greetings of love and gratitude from
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebrates
His Radical Vision of Nonviolence, Freedom and Not Being Silent About
Things That Matter:
Today, January 18, we celebrate Martin
Luther King, Jr. Day in order to honor him and his radical vision of a
peaceful, nonviolent world. Although he was not vegan, his wife
and son, Coretta Scott King and Dexter King both became vegan. It
is a strong possibility that he would have extended his vision of
nonviolence to animals had his life not been cut short, especially
since he admired Gandhi so much. Many of King’s ageless
messages fit perfectly with this day and week as we mourn, memorialize,
boycott, pray, and do what we can to help the animals of earth.
He said, “Our lives begin and end the day we become silent about things
that matter." He called for a rising of human consciousness from
a “thing-oriented” culture to a “person-oriented” culture in which
materialism, militarism, and racism no longer exist. Today let us
add speciesism to that list.
In his unforgettable “I Have a Dream” speech, he reminds all humanity
that we must meet “physical force with soul force.” Gandhi
referred to soul force as “satyagraha.” It was a term he loved
because he wanted people to understand, as did King, that being
nonviolent does not mean we are weak. Instead they both saw more
strength in soul force than in any act of violence.
Prayer for this Week: Freedom “At
Last” For All Beings.
This week, in honor of Dr. King, let
us “refuse to be silent,” and let us carry forth his vision of freedom
and justice for all people. Then let us extend that vision out beyond
humanity to all beings. Together, let us SEE human consciousness rising
beyond “thing-oriented” to “all beings-oriented.” Indeed, at this
higher level of consciousness, animals are not “things,” as they are
still considered by many, but rather “persons” or “beings” with their
own rights to freedom, autonomy, life, respect, family, and love—the
very qualities that we hold dear for all people as well.
Let us stand, pray, and visualize in solidarity with the truth
that freedom for all people is “inextricably bound” (to use
King’s phrase) to animal freedom. We cannot be free if we keep
others captive. We cannot have peace until we give peace to
all. Today and this week we pray in gratitude and hold fast
to three of the most powerful words ever spoken on earth “Free at
Last.” May All People and All Animals Be “Free at Last.”
As always, with tears of gratitude, I send my thanks to each of you,
dear Prayer Circle members, for joining this circle of compassion and
shining the Light of Truth for all to see, so that one day soon, all
beings will live in peace together.
May compassion and love reign over all the earth for all beings
Thank you all for your devotion to truth, love, liberation and peace
for all beings.
With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy Carman, and greetings from
Will, Madeleine, Tara and the Circle of Compassion team
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