Antony, I feel your frustration. I have to say, however, my desire to get off of my butt and get busy has come relatively late in my life, later than some of the young ones around here. I really believe that it is in part, because I am finally, fully, in all aspects, embracing my lesbianism as part of the whole of who I am, and loving it. I am ready and willing and able now, and so that means everyone should be ready to rally with me (us), right???
I am trying to be patient with all of the others that are struggling to "get there" in terms of activism. That is hard sometimes. BUt this is what I have to say about the lessons that Dr. King and the civil rights movement has to give us. I really wanted to participate in the weekly reading of the speeches, but agree with Keltic, I did not want to do it halfway, and never seemed to have a good chunk of time to read fully and process the words. Sure, maybe Dr. King's words and deeds are from a time long ago, and maybe we do need to move on and create our own realities to address our issues in the present. But, his speeches are less about learning how we should respond today. It is about being moved and inspired by someone who is filled with the energy for drastic change, and filled with the love of God and such human compassion that is so hard to find today, it seems. Simply, his speeches, his words, his VOICE, inspires me to want to fight the good fight TODAY. Not necessarily using every means he used forty years ago, but the spirit in his voice is much the same as the spirit and energy I possess in my heart.