Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have a Dream” was one I wished I had written. Full of heart. Full of power. Full of passion. Full of naked truths. And so I wondered, what would Martin say about today’s state of affairs? And what about the internet?
I decided to take a blogging class: “Blogging and writing for online audiences“, taught by Louise “Daisy” Johnson.
“Yet another class?”, my husband asked. “‘Cause you don’t have enough work on your plate?”. I had to chuckle, ‘cause I knew he was right. But you see, I’ve been in a rut with my writing for some time now and I needed something to help re-ignite my inspiration to get back on that writing wagon. And what better way to do that than to take an online writing class?!
Our “warm-up” prompt read as follows: “This week is all about warming up and settling in, and so I’d like us to flex our creative writing skills with the following exercise. Start by thinking of a figure from history that you identify with. Somebody who you think you could have a coffee with and talk about the world. That sort of a person. Now, I’d like you to think about what they’d think of the internet. Would they like it? What website would they go to? How would they use it..? Please post your responses in the forum…”
Wow, that’s just the warm-up? This is gonna be a great class!
I spent a few days musing over whom I would pick, and what my personal thoughts about the internet were.
My first idea was to pick Jesus of Nazareth. What would the Son of God say about the Internet? But the task of writing on Jesus’ behalf felt daunting. How could I possibly ever do Him justice?
I needed another inspirational historical figure… That’s when it hit me!
Martin Luther King Jr.
The passions of Martin Luther King Jr.
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Martin’s speech “I Have A Dream” was one I wished I had written. Full of heart. Full of power. Full of passion. Full of naked truths. And so I wondered, what would Martin say about today’s state of affairs? And what about the internet?
So I opened my Scrivener and started writing.
Sitting on the floor, late at night, in my daughter’s bedroom, the words just flowed. I could hear Martin’s resounding and vibrant voice in my head delivering the following speech:
I have a dream
… that all of our children, mine and yours, will not be judged by their perfect looks or the number of their followers, hearts or likes, but, as I dreamt it 57 years ago, “by the content of their character”.
In 1963, I, Martin Luther King Jr., had a dream.
And today, my beloved brothers and sisters, I have yet another dream.
I have a dream that the so called internet, that invisible intricate web, connecting millions and billions of people together, be used for the advancement of mankind, for the good of all peoples, not for evil. I have a dream …
… that we stop using this web to weave hatred and victimhood, but to show forgiveness and unconditional love instead. I have a dream …
… that our conversations become more meaningful, diving into the depth of the human soul, even if these get longer than a 280 character tweet or a 60 second video. I have a dream …
… that we start looking up towards the Heavens and in each others’ eyes, instead of constantly down on our screens. I have a dream …
… that we take a hard look into the naked realities of our broken bleeding world, instead of losing ourselves into the so called “virtual realities” of this web… No matter how colourful, captivating or painfree these may seem, don’t you be fooled! You may think these only distract us for a time from our pains, but I tell you they numb our soul to the suffering that’s all around us and that’s ever so real. Not only that, they also numb our soul to the many beauties of our world and which we may only discover through pain. I have a dream …
… that we reconnect ourselves with Mother Earth and its many gifts of nature, its peaceful quiet, away from the incessant sensational news streams, feeds and greed. I have a dream …
… that all of our children, mine and yours, will not be judged by their perfect looks or the number of their followers, hearts or likes, but, as I dreamt it 57 years ago, “by the content of their character”. I have a dream …
… to weave amongst ourselves a second web, much mightier, deeper and wiser between the brothers and sisters of this planet… namely the web of the Holy Spirit that resides in each one of us.
I have a dream, just like I did back in 1963. And I invite you today, to lock arms with me and make it our new reality.
Martin Luther King Jr.: I have a dream!
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I learned so much on this incredible blogging class, which I can wholeheartedly recommend. But most importantly, I’ll be forever eternally grateful to our amazing tutor, Louise “Daisy” Johnson who picked the most provoking writing prompts, helped me get out of my writing rut, and inspired the creation of this blog. Thank you Daisy!
- Martin Luther King’s original “I Have a Dream” speech
- Link to my second “I Have a Dream” inspired post. This time on the topic of parenting.
Lovely! And I think MLK would gladly co-sign it with you. 🙂
I also thought about interviewing with Jesus. Not so much an interview, rather I loved the idea of sitting down having coffee with him, just spending time together.
And I think I will want to stay with that thought for a while, and see what happens. 🙂
Hi Shadwa! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed it.
And I love your image of just sitting down with Jesus, maybe to chat and maybe just to be together in silence, and see what happens. Especially during these times of trial. I’ll give it a try too. 🙂
What an inspiring blog.
Thank you Patrick! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂