The Influence of Gandhi on Martin Luther King, Jr.
It was true, as Carl Sandburg has so eloquently said, that ‘A tree is measured best when it is down,’ but it is also true that standing trees can tell us things that fallen trees cannot. To an almost unprecedented degree, perceptive persons have recognized the worth of a tall, young tree still standing among us … Beyond race, civil rights and religion, King must be seen and confronted finally as a man who bypassed cerebral centers and attacked the archetypal roots of man. His grace, like Gandhi’s, grows out of a complicated relation not to oppression but to ancient scourges of man to pain, to suffering, to death. Men who conquer the fear of these things in themselves acquire extraordinary power over themselves and over others.
KeywordsChristian Theology Unprecedented Degree Claremont Graduate School Cerebral Center Morehouse College
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