Today is the day we honor Martin Luther King Junior. He and a number of other famous figures worked tirelessly to advance civil rights. It is alarming that nowadays schools don't even want to teach about how racism exists while meanwhile, we have people who lived through the civil rights movement still with us, it is literally living memory and a disturbing amount of people want the facts of the past (and present) buried. In some ways, MLK's dream of equality feels closer and in a number of ways it feels pushed even further off by a myriad of malevolent forces.
My favorite MLK quote is simple: "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." It reminds me that awful people are out there, but even hating them is pointless and only will wear me down. All I can do is try to spread love and care to those willing to accept it.