Monday, January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King: "We have inherited a big house ... in which we have to live together"

"Some years ago a famous novelist died. Among his papers was found a list of suggested story plots for future stories, the most prominently underscored being this one: 'A widely separated family inherits a house in which they have to live together.' This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a big house, a great "world house" in which we have to live together -- black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Moslem and Hindu, a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interests who, because we can never again live without each other, must learn, somehow, in this one big world, to live with each other."

(Excerpted from Martin Luther King's Nobel Prize lecture, December 11, 1964 in the Auditorium of the University of Oslo. This text is taken from Les Prix Nobel en 1964.)

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