“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. “
This quote is one of my favorite sentences in the world, putting our entire human existence into perspective. Originally stated by the abolitionist minister Theodore Parker and later Martin Luther King Jr., it reminds us of the long journey we have come from and the hope of the journey ahead towards goodness and happiness.
In today’s world, it can be hard sometimes to be hopeful and positive about where our world is heading. From negative news headlines to the feeling of fear that is creeping into every community or the lack of solutions and actions against climate change, it is no shock that so many people are in despair or have lost hope in humanity. It seems that more than ever before we know all of the negativity and horrible things happening in the world thanks to our continuous globalization and easy access to social media and the news.
For too long I was reading the news, constantly in a state of anger and fear towards different nations or politicians. But I knew that I couldn’t live like that forever – I couldn’t keep putting the weight of the world on my shoulders. I realized I was focusing too much on the bad things happening in the world and not enough on the good. Yet the bad things are the headlines because they are the rarities. They are the minority of events going on in the world. This gives me hope.
When the Syrian refugee crisis started in Europe, my heart broke in two. I knew that I had to do something – I couldn’t believe that the world had failed these people. They were our brothers and sisters, I couldn’t just sit by and watch. My family and I immediately took action, going first to Turkey in 2015 and then Greece in 2016. What I found were so many incredible people who had dedicated themselves and given up everything in their life to help the refugees. Just like us, their hearts had been touched and knew that they couldn’t wait any longer – they had to do something with their own two hands.
People from all over the globe, of different ages and walks of life, found themselves volunteering and helping together, serving people that they didn’t know from Syria and Afghanistan. We all became a family, communicating in broken English, Arabic, Farsi, and other languages mixed together. It was a moment when I realized that there were so many people all across Greece and other countries who were serving and giving back – it gave me hope for the world. I knew then that there was still love in the world – seeing all of these strangers working together for the love of humanity.
Our world is not perfect, there will always people that lose their way and make mistakes and problems that have been rooted in our societies for centuries. Yet we need to always look back at just how far we have come to remember where we are going. Think about the rights of women to vote or how slavery was a norm a few hundred years ago – the concept of human rights for all people are relatively recent in our human history. Now more than ever we live in a world where we have a right to dream and become who we want to be.
This quote can give us the hope that we are going into the direction of progress and love for humanity. We are progressing, but we sure have a long way to go. From ending child marriage to stopping animal extinction or poverty, we have a lot of actions to take. Together we can all work in collaboration to bring that arc more towards justice, towards hope. With the love for humanity and hope in our hearts, we can work side by side, community by community, to make this world a better place.
Any time you feel discouraged, down and out, or doubting humanity, just remember these words. Remember that we are all moving forward towards love – there is always hope for a better Earth and humanity.
Wishing you a beautiful and peaceful day,
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. ” -M.L.K. Jr
(Photo of M.L.K. Jr – Getty Images/Central Press)
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