Happy MLK Day everybody. Man, do I love the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Every American should. He's our Gandhi. Except he got more tail than Gandhi. And he dressed better. Gandhi was a great man, no doubt, but he could have used a little help in the wardrobe department. MLK always looked good.
Why aren't there any more like him? In the same decade, we had JFK, RFK, MLK - young men, great men. What happened? Maybe today's great young men are keeping their mouths shut so they don't get shot. I can't say I blame them. Maybe greatness isn't worth getting popped.
There are a couple holidays I take seriously: Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, MLK Day. What do I do to observe today's holiday? For one thing, my wife are going to Trader Joe's later to get some groceries. But I also think it's worth taking a moment to think about a guy willing to trade his life for justice, and to use non-violence as the means of achieving his goals.
I'm going to take a page from MLK's book and pledge that from this day forward, I am going to use non-violence to achieve MY goals. What are my goals? First: get some Taco Bell. I'm going to do it non-violently. Even if somebody cuts in line. Even if they are out of Dr. Pepper. Second goal: take a nap. Third goal: surf the web.
My goals are admittedly more humble than achieving racial equality for millions of Americans, but does that mean they are any less important? Yes. Yes they are. But I really do love peace and Taco Bell.
Happy MLK Day, everybody.