Martin Luther King, Jr., and the day that honors him make me remember my youth and the shattered innocence of the times when prominent public figures were shot. It seemed like there was hope that the country could be improved with the presence of people like MLK and JFK and boom! They’re gone. That’s pretty hard to take for a young person in her 20s, just forming some kind of world view.
But then, they say if you want “fair” go to Pomona or Sedalia or the Livestock Center in Reno or wherever the hell the people in your area go to show their animals and canned goods. I still have that idealism, but from time to time life knocks me around- the idiocies in our government, creeping mediocrity in literacy, and inefficiencies in bureaucracies that one has to deal with.
Trying not to be bitter, just well-informed, and respectful of the visions of those who could see beyond the average and just getting by. Martin, we loved you. You were a beautiful man, and we’ll never forget your dream.