I Have A Dream!

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I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: All men are created equal. Regardless of the colour of their skin, sexual orientation, special needs, religious beliefs, or country of origin, all women, men and children will be treated with the same respect and dignity! What would Martin Luther King say if he was still alive today? His message is as relevant as it was in 1963. We live in a complex society. Cities are a mosaic of every different religion, culture and orientation. That diversity makes life more interesting; in Toronto, for example, it’s easy to visit China Town, Little Italy, a mosque, synagogue and a church all in one afternoon. But this lifestyle also presents many challenges. Greater tolerance is demanded of every citizen and this can prove to be difficult. How do we balance the needs of the individual with the interests of the community as a whole? Both my sons have special needs. When they were younger, it was a real dilemma to find a school that provided the high academic standard they required as well as accommodated their need for small, nurturing classrooms with a zero tolerance policy towards bullying. They both have Tourette Syndrome, which meant their behaviour was “unusual” and those differences were not readily accepted amongst their peers, especially in high school. Just last week, another student assaulted my younger son on route to school because of his Tics. But the problems my sons experience are only a small part of the bigger picture. Today, people are killing each other over differences in ideology. Women are still fighting for their right to equal pay for equal work. Gays and Lesbians are being prosecuted in some countries. Religious intolerance is creating hatred amongst neighbours. This past weekend, one of my neighbours across the street told me another neighbour said, “You ‘beep-beep’ Jew, no wonder the Palestinians hate you”. And this argument started because one of them was shoveling snow on to the lawn of the other neighbour. It’s hard to believe people can harbor such hatred! Don’t we have plenty of real crises to worry about, such as the needs of the aging population, people without enough food to eat, HIV/AIDS, natural disasters such as the flooding in Australia and the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti? Would Martin Luther King be disappointed if he was still alive today? Personally, I think so. What about you?

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  • Dear Linda,
    Robert Frost’s words, “Miles to go before I sleep …” are a perfect response to life as we know it today! Thanks for visiting and commenting.
    Best regards,

    Karyn Climans on
  • When you are looking up from the bottom of a well, the top can be so far away. We have made huge stride towards making Dr. King’s dream a reality, yet, there is so much further we need to go. I keep as my mantra, Robert Frost’s “Miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep.”

    Thank you, Karyn for being a light in the darkness. People will only change if we continue to live the Dream.

    Peace, Linda

    Linda M. Rhinehart Neas on
  • Whew…our world I fear is more messed up. Not in the sense that we target races, religions etc (although it is still present in society today) but in the sense that there is a complete disrespect for human life and it’s sad. Watch Maury and see the train wrecks on there…watch the news and you’ll hear far more stories about the filth in this world than good.
    I think this world is in a very sad state.

    Kimberly on
  • Dear Kevin,
    You’re right. We have made some progress but we still have a long way to go! Thanks for commenting.

    Karyn Climans on
  • Thank you for this. I think Dr. King would have mixed feelings. On one hand her would mavel over the accomplishments we have made. People like Obama and Oprah who are by far two of the most powerful people in the USA. Then on the other hand we have yonge kids killing themselfs because they feel they can not be the person they were ment to be.. Or over the fact that we have people in Canada and the USA, the world for that matter that are sleeping in our streets and are starving to death right in front of the stock exchange…

    We must keep the conversation going… thanks again for this

    Kevin Borden on

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