NBC News is marking the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s indelible “I Have a Dream” speech with “#dreamday,” posting online the thoughts of notable personalities and ordinary citizens, beginning with, “I have a dream that…” Included is the following video from HH the Dalai Lama on eradicating the basis of violence:
Update: The BBC’s Radio 4 has included HH the Dalai Lama in a commemorative recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” text. The passage they chose for the Dalai Lama to read (it begins at 6:29) profoundly resonates with the Tibetans’ own steadfastly non-violent struggle for autonomy and basic rights in their homeland:
“But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
“We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”