"A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."
Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967.
Of course, Dr. King was talking about our spending on the Vietnam War. It has been almost 40 years since his assassination. Would he still be trying to change our thinking and encourage us to become brothers and sisters - or would he have given up? There is so much injustice and cruelty in the world today. But no more so than in past decades. It's just directed at a different "other/outsider" today.
Instead of thinking of this as just a day off - think of it as a day on. Take some time today to honor those who fight the good fight, those who see injustice and don't ignore it, who put themselves out there for others and care about this country as a nation in need of support, healing, and growth for all its members.
Just think about it for a minute or two today.
(Check out Sandy Maudlin's blog today and read her comments on this day.)