It’s only natural that I recall Martin Luther King Jr today. I’m sure you all know of his India connection because of his great respect for Mahatma Gandhi and the non-violent movement. But today I want to focus on an MLK quote that seems so relevant to our times and really resonates with me.
“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions”
Until recently, I had never read these words of MLK’s before.
Just the other day, I said to José that it seems everyone wants easy answers these days.
I was talking in the context of people who are not willing to get real enough to get to the root of problems in their relationships. Partners who don’t really want to talk through their issues. They’d rather pretend there aren’t any, or just give up and walk away. Parents who don’t hear their children’s cry for attention and fob them off with expensive gadgets.
I see the same quest for easy answers when people ask me how to do something blog or soical media related. I’ve learned not to provide answers, but to point them in the direction of resources. To me, there’s nothing like doing your research and learning things for yourself.
We take the easy route with our health too. We’d rather down a whole lot of pills or get surgeries done than adopt a healthier lifestyle.
I see this happening in Government and institutions and in the way we are handling issues of corruption, injustice and sticking to archaic practices. The way governments refuse to crack down on religious fundamentalism, because it is the easy way to get votes.
I see this in religious practices where people would rather give in to superstition and easy ‘miraculous’ healings than work on true spirituality and discipleship.
How This Applies To My Life
I know that I too often opt for easy answers. Choosing appeasing behaviour rather than hard talking. Self-indulgence over application of mind and energy. Avoiding confrontation by absenting myself from difficult situations.
I’m learning to do the hard work – to take on injustice in small ways, to speak up when needs be, to cut off relationships in which I am disrespected, to think problems through. To be unpopular. Not to take the easy way out. Because that would go against my principles. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but there there’s no other choice, is there?
I would love to hear your thoughts on MLK’s words.