“We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s messages were always so powerful and the words he used so eloquent and insightful. And today’s quote is no different. I strongly believe that we are in desperate need for leadership now more than ever. We have gone through and continue to go through a pandemic and the current racial inequities that continue to make front page news. It is often said that things will get worse before they get better but to be totally honest I cannot tolerate it getting a any worse and something needs to be done now. I believe the answer is for our leaders to step up and do just that…..lead. Lead with your heart instead of your mind.
Dr. King reminds us that love is the most powerful leadership weapon we can utilize. And the beauty behind it all is that we are all leaders. No one needs a title to say that they are a leader and come to think about those that do have a title as of late rarely do anything with it to make this world a much better place to live in. It is more so the opposite: blame others and take no responsibility. That is not leadership. If our leaders which also includes ourselves learn to lead with love first and foremost we’d be amazed how many doors would open and how many barriers we’d overcome. We’d really embrace becoming more socially aware which I believe would lead us to a world being more united. This is possible if we wholeheartedly put forth the effort.
When leaders lead with justice it is one of the most selfless acts that anyone could ever do for another human being, another race. That quality of being just, upholding righteousness, equitableness, and/or moral rightness are acts that would make Dr. King proud if he were alive today. When leaders are only in it because they are in love with money or power, they might as well be in love with themselves. They go from a selfless act to a selfish one. This bodes the same for those leaders who are more in love with themselves with the desire of constantly being in the public eye. You can’t truly lead when you do this because I guarantee you if you were to turn around to see who was following you the amount of people who support that type of behavior will be few and far between. The definition of humanity is the entire human race or those characteristics that belong uniquely to human beings, such as kindness, mercy and sympathy. We all possess these and they are doable. We just need to put forth the effort and apply these special skillsets. If we learn to love one another and each of our differences then love will truly be fluid in all that we do with and for one another. What a wonderful world this would be.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards becoming more socially aware?