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Your life becomes a masterpiece when you master peace ✌️

This is a long and complex issue. But believe it or not, the world now is far less violent than it was, say, a thousand years ago. The impression that we are in an ever spiralling up cycle of ultraviolence is not so much because the world is more violent – it’s always been violent – but largely because we HEAR about it much more and importantly, much more quickly. News wise, the world is a small town and news – good and bad – spreads over it within hours or even minutes. As to the concrete slabs, they will protect people from SOME forms of attack, from others, not at all. That’s not to say it’s not a good idea, but that it’s not a perfect defence. There is no perfect defence against the enemy’s violence, it can only be reduced somewhat. Some forms of attack are almost impossible to defend against except by destroying the enemy before he can attack. We have been locked into a politically correct world where simply to name the enemy is seen as grounds for legal action or complaint. The enemy however, seems to be able to criticise our society with impunity and our politicians are so busy trying to win their minority vote, in a sea of bleeding hearts, political correctness and fascination with a ‘multicultural’ society that we had previously enjoyed, that they lose sight of the fact that, basically, they are the enemy. Multiculturalism only works when all facets of culture agree to share culture within the framework of a nation, it’s present socio-political structure and not to try and displace it and replace it with their own. The Greeks, Italians, Yugoslavs, British and other migrants of the past decades did that – and today they live amongst us happily – because they ARE us – they are Australians who support Australian socio-political values. But the enemy are different. They come as a mix of refugees – and simple illegal immigrants, sadly, mostly the latter. But that’s not the problem, I’ve no doubt some others have slipped past on occasion, but they fell into the great melting pot of Australian multicultural tolerance and, in the same way, became Austlralian, their kids are Australian and always will be. No real problem. The enemy is different. Wherever they go, they demand support and respect for their particular religion. Within some limits, that’s no big deal, we’ve never had an ‘official’ religion, hell the Constitution specifically say ‘no religious test’ amongst other things. This was intended to ensure religious freedom for all – be they Muslim, Christian, Buddhist or Hindu. Islam was just another minority religion at the time, it had no power here, the practicioners were few and isolated, the Afghan camel drivers the famous ‘Ghan’ train is named for were probably the best known group. But they were no threat to anyone and they practised their religion without demanding concessions – not that it would have done any good – that was not an era of political correctness and they knew they would be told, politely, to bugger off. Now it’s different. The Islamists amongst us are intent on not only gaining concessions for their religion – which might be tolerable to a small degree – but are demanding that it be legally protected from criticism and even that Australian law allow Sharia, their religious legal system, to be part and parcel of Australian law. Be very clear this is not for them to carve a niche in Australian for themselves, there are doubtless many Muslims that would happily settle for that, but to place themselves in a position to exert more pressure for change to accomodate their cultural grotesqueness with a view to ultimately dominating our society and changing it into something where many things we take for granted are expressly forbidden because these things ‘offend’ their religious beliefs and this enrages their short and largely uncontrolled violent tempers. They tolerate nothing that does not suit their Islamist ways. And now they resort to violence to achieve that – to get a shortcut to paradise and some vaguely unspecifed sexual paradise. And our women are considered fair game – ‘those whom you hold in your right hand’ ISIS does not have a monopoly on sexual slavery – and rape – which they consider fine if the female is an ‘kafr’ – an infidel or unbeliever and commits the heinous crime of exposing her flesh, thus arousing their uncontrollable lust – so its her fault she gets raped anyway. What’s more troubling is that our courts seem to be pandering to this – at least in part. A teenager that indecently assaulted multiple young women and girls was excused by a judge because his ‘culture’ believed it was ok to do so. This cannot be tolerated – his culture in his homeland is not our culture in ours – to suggest that we mus tolerate disgusting aspects of their culture in order to foster acceptance and the myth that Islam can be part of a multicultural society has to be slapped down hard. Why? Because Islam doesn’t do ‘multicultural’ it dominates, or it fights until it dominates. Their faith says that Islam must be the dominant religion and that others (specifically the ‘people of the book’ – jews and christians) could only be tolerated if they accept 3rd class citizenship, do not publicy practise or advertise their faith and are subject to being less than any muslim, even a muslim women. Don’t start me on Islamic attitudes to women, suffice it to say it is the antithesis of Australian and Western society and just leave it at that. This is the enemy, and they are not just at the gate now, clamouring to be admitted so they can ultimately dominate our society, but they are already within it. But wait, people say, they are only a small percentage of muslims, these Islamist terrorists and the majority of muslims don’t support their interpretation of Islam. Quite right. I had muslim neighbours once and they were good people. We didn’t agree on religion of course, though we didn’t argue about it – in some ways being an atheist made that easier – but they accepted my non religion and I accepted theirs and we got on fine – they had no problem having the kafr neighbour over for coffee on occasion and I had no problem with them doing the same, even had the odd bbq with them. No drama. They were Australian even then, as 1st generation immigrants and I’ve no doubt their kids, who wore western dress, even the girls, and went to normal public schools, turned out just fine. It was no big deal. That said, I suspect a lot of that tolerance and understanding was because of their nation of origin. They were Turkish, which had been a secular democracy, despite a muslim majority, and they were used to dealing with non Islamic people on a daily basis – so it was no big deal to them either. The new lot are different. There are only about 25-30% of the muslim popuation that support ISIS harsh version of Islam, but it bears remembering that only about the same number of Germans were Nazis or Nazi sympathisers and by no means that many were Party members. Yet we had to annihilate most of Europe to get them out of power. The problem is not that different. Yes, most of them just want to eat their halal food, avoid alcohol and go to the mosque on Fridays. They aren’t militant any more than most Catholics, who eat fish on Fridays and go to Mass on Sunday are like the violent sectarian Catholics of Northern Ireland. But the violent and vocal minority are dangerous in the extreme. Radical Islamists, and those who passively support them, and in some cases actively proselytize for them are the enemy. They are not misunderstood – they are radicalised to the point where violence against the infidel nation they live in is justifiable, if not by their own hand, but by those that they support. They are the enemy and they must be mercilessly dealt with. That’s the problem. We’ve gotten so immersed in preserving the crumbling castle of multiculturalism, we’ve failed to get the idea that Islam doesn’t want multiculturalism, it’s anathema to its core beliefs and contrary to the teaching of both Mohammed and the Q’ran. Other religions must be destroyed so that ‘religion is only for Allah’. That cannot be tolerated. The imported violence isn’t limited to religion either, the Somali gangs that roam Melbourne and terrorise, rob and rape with apparent impunity are another side of the story – they bring their culture too – because violence and mob rule in endemic in a land ruled by warlords – and we are not seen as a safe haven by these thugs – but as a soft target. They too, need to be ruthlessly put down. Someone once said that ‘violence doesn’t solve anything’. Well, sorry, but the lesson of history says that yes, there are some things that only violence can solve. Radical Islam, in the form of ISIS, is slowly being destroyed at its origin, but not by peaceful negotiation or ‘understanding their culture’ but by raw, naked force. Because nothing else will work. The local version are no different, the velvet glove of a legal system designed to give the average Aussie a ‘fair go’ if they make a mistake – or even several mistakes – is next to useless against these thugs – Somali gangbanger, Islamist, or both – and only steel fist will work – they need to be deported for any act of violence. No cultural excuses. No exceptions. Out. It might well be that some treasured values, like Section 116 of the Constitution, might need to be varied, since presently the government cannot legislate against a religion or its practices. In the case of Islam and it’s violent branches – perhaps that might have to be adjusted – in the same way as the Nazi party had to be proscribed in Germany – the political freedom of some had to be curtailed to prevent another Nazi disaster. S116 also allows Muslims in politics. Already we are seeing demands from them for legal protection of Islam from criticism – this is the thin edge of a very big wedge called Sharia and this CANNOT be allowed to gain a foothold. Islam can be no more immune from criticism than Christianity or Atheism, both of which Muslims seem able to perjure and profanely curse with impunity – apparently because it’s ‘their culture’ which seems to render any sanctions powerless. Political correctness that works against other issues doesn’t work against political Islamism – it empowers it. Until this changes, the situation will continue to deteriorate. How long will it be before our Police need to carry automatic weapons on a daily basis. The UK has gone from a place where the Police were nearly always unarmed to one where they carry military assault rifles. We’re on the virge of that. Now there are major changes to airport security – after some Islamists living amongst us almost succeeded in getting a bomb on an aircraft. The impact on Australia and our way of life is already too high – action needs to be taken and it needs to be decisive and it needs to be effective. Preventing youth from being ‘radicalised’ is one thing – but I think it’s time for terrorists to face a death penalty – if not as a deterrent, because to them death by our hand is a free ticket to a Martyr’s paradise. Perhaps we need to take a leaf out of Israel’s book here. Terrorists have their family home razed to the ground. Harsh? Yes, but the velvet glove isn’t working, so perhaps it’s time for the armoured fist.

“If there was no MAN MADE RELIGION

NO countries

Wouldn’t this be the perfect PLANET EARTH “

GOD NEVER CREATED “RELIGION”

MAN DID THAT! Murdered all living things.

The Planet doesn't need more successful people
The Planet desperately needs more peacemakers, storytellers and lovers of all kind
Dalia Lama

What happened to this 🌚 planet 🌛

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“Josh Groban – You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up)”~ BROKEN Soul ©

Don’t Give up

Have you ever wondered why folk give up!

Watch the warning signs
Someone inside perhaps retreats within themselves
Silence is seen as escapism when in fact what happens inside a living being is our message from our gut really is the bodies way of reacting to lack of water, nourishment, surviving drought or famine inside all living matter fighting for survival. The role then is sent to the brainwaves simply GIVE UP.

WE ARE ALL FRAGILE
NO ONE IS INVINCIBLE 🙁

Or maybe a sensitive Soul is mentally tired.

Mental illness has naught to do with giving up is a dangerous precursor to SUICIDE.

Animals, Humans, plants give up too. Why?

This Earth is Fragile we to are fragile

Every living being has this point called Fragility

We never know, what lays behind those eyes until the day we turn around to find another life LOST

Fragile– life is everyone’s responsibility.

Promises made at the moment, that are forfeited by the way perhaps unintended Promise’s never kept could destroy a life
Scared, disappointed, anger, loss of dignity, loss of trust, loss of love, all are a precursor to an already FRAGILE Soul.

Thought for the day
“When you make a promise — that is your word”
You are only respected by your “Word”of promise you have made.
Another Gentleman may say you are as good as your Word!

MM©®™

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Here at Dazzle the team intends to look at Broken Soul –
SUICIDE — a subject we will all deal with around our lives with family, friends also with strangers who are FRAGILE.

EDITOR: DAZZLE
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“DIVERSITY, VARIETY, INSANITY!” a poem 4 June 2019 [Tuesday or more]

“DIVERSITY, VARIETY, INSANITY!” a poem 4 June 2019 [Tuesday or more]

“What are you doing? wearing that cross?

What are you saying? That-there’s-a-God-&-He’s-boss!?”

“No, I-just-put-it-on, it’s-a-gift-from-a-friend!”

“Well, take it right off; me-it doth of-fend!”

“Oh, OK – there! It is off! Are you happy?”

“No, because-just-that-you-WERE-wearing-it, is-really-awfully-crappy!

I thought I knew you!” “I DON’T EVEN KNOW ME!!”

“Well, I DON’T LIKE – all your di-ver-sity!”

“But – ISN’T THERE SPICE? in – va-ri-e-ty?”

“Don’t try to persuade me, FOR I AM FREE;

Free! from religion – and politics and most ev-ery-THING!”

“But WHAT ABOUT ARGUING?” “Don’t THAT in bring!”

“OK! Have a nice day!” “Well, that’s PRETTY TRITE!”

“Then, would you rather come with ME? We can both go fly a kite!”

“What are you saying?” “Oh, I-dunno? just THE SAME OLD JAZZ:

‘That we’re all crazy – and lazy – and! that: Those who RAZZ,

Others – for the sake of arguing for the sake of debate,

Might not end up – with-a very fun-filled date! ‘ “

“Well, f – – – you, Buddy; eat s – – – and die!”

“OK! Care to come join me? for some savory poo-poo pie?”

“F – – – YOU!” AND -as she walked away,

I-put-back-on-the-little-lapel-pin-cross – TO BRIGHTEN UP THE DAY!

fin <3©

Watch “Nelson Mandela’s Favorite Poem ‘Invictus’ Read by Morgan Freeman”

You live in times where you will have no freedom or place to go without those who wish to control you are watching your movements to bring you to your knees, don’t allow any person to steal your FREEDOM💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥💥

 

Nietzsche’s THE GAY SCIENCE / An Analysis of Nietzsche’s THE GAY SCIENCE / Die fröhliche Wissenschaft / THE GAY SCIENCE by Friedrich Nietzsche / What does Nietzsche mean by “God is dead”? / What does this mean?: “What does not kill me makes me stronger” / Nietzsche and Schopenhauer / Was Nietzsche a proto-Nazi? / Was Nietzsche a fascist? / Was Nietzsche a misogynist? / Was Nietzsche a feminist? / Was Nietzsche a sexist? / What is the “Eternal Recurrence of the Same”? / What is the “will-to-power”? / Nietzsche and “The Will to Power” / Nietzsche and “The Eternal Recurrence of the Same” / Nietzsche and Buddhism / Nietzsche and Hinduism

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” IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE COMFORTABLE IN LOVE ” 💋Texas Cowboy

” IT’S IMPORTANT TO BE COMFORTABLE IN LOVE ” a poem April 20, 2019 (Saturday)

I need comfort; you need comfort; we ALL need comfort SOON!
If-I-don’t-get-me-some-comfo’t, I’ll explode in my little room!

I’m sure – my comfo’t – you-can secu’e,
IF you’re-here-draped-’round-me, ’cause-you’re-so-dear!

Comfo’t! It-is: you and me,-
In-ter-twin-ed-in X-stacy!

“It’s-so-‘potant -t’-be-comfoble,” I say;
[I] Can’t-say-it-enough! I-feel-it-all-day,
Yearning – to-be comfoble! with-you, OK?
I NEED ME COMFO’T! or-I’ll-die-whe’e-I-lay!!!

You are: My Pet Rock! and-My Touch Stone,
My S – Xy S-x Toy – I-can’t-be-ALONE!!
For, without you, my body it-surely aches,
And shakes! and funny-sounds-It-makes!

So-I-rush-rush-rush-rush- – – rush, rush – to-YOU,
To-get-me-COMFOBLE! You-know it’s true,
That it’s SO impo’tant TO UN-I-FY,
To “con-sol-i-date” around-your-thigh!
To-be ONE! That’s-why-comfoble-you-be,
For me so-I-can-relax [quite]-Na-t-ur-r-a-lly! 🙂 – Kiss, kiss! Cuddle!

fin <3

“LIFE?” ~ MYSTIC POET

“LIFE?” a poem April 17, 2019 (Wednesday! The Alpine Poetry Gathering is tonight at The Holland Hotel at 6:30 P. M. and The Railroad Blues Karaoke tonight at 10:30 P. M.)

LIFE AROUND HERE WE DON’T RECOMMEND FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!
You’ll need some courage and conviction, so, before we start,
Here are “The Ground Rules!” Adopt them, if you can!
If you can’t, but can still go on, you-are quite a (wo)man:
First things first, your EGGSHELL, which you’ll be jammed-into,
It is AWFULLY fragile! and you’ll cry, you’ll go: BOO-HOO,
When burned with fire – or frozen with ice,
Or someone around, who-you’ll-sense-isn’t-nice,
PUNCHES YOU – in your face and breaks your nose!
No, you’re ‘spose-t’-be OK with that, for-this is: “RUBBER HOSE,
CENTRAL!” So, except torture and extreme abuse:
Mental! Physical! Expect-it-all, with-“demons”-on -the-loose,
Escaped from your MIND! which is crazy, crazy too,
Leading you into MANY TRIALS! Is-this-something-you-REALLY-wanna-do?

Of course, You MIGHT learn patience – and humility and you MIGHT die, smiling,
While monsters! unpaid bills! and-all-sorts-of-“thrills,” upon you are piling!

Look for “friends” who will, of course, abandon you,
But – smile and joke – and cry whatever you do,
Or your eggshell will crack, and (oh, yes!) There’s “crack” too!
But don’t do that – It’ll make you [into] SCRAMBLED EGG STEW!
The thing is: respect yourself – and take advice with a grain of salt,
And try, IF YOU CAN, yourself-NOT-to-assault!
Let the phone ring sometimes, and don’t feel guilty,
‘Cause everyone’s needing-you, since-this-pinball-machine’s-on-perpetual-TILTy!
Get some rest, eat a little food,
Sit on your crumbling wall! Try not to brood!
And when all the King’s Soldiers and all The King’s Men,
Come looking for you – Well, that is when:
You roll-down to The Bodhi Tree and sit for a while,
And go: “OHM” lette, with a[n] ubiquitous smile! 🙂

fin <3

Thought of the Day if you dare to wallow ~ get out of the comfort zone ✌

Dare yourself to wallow on what lies beyond the familiar. Never let mediocrity be your identity. Remember, opportunities don’t always come knocking at your door, so huddle all the grit that you have within to take that first step away from what you’re accustomed to. If you are daunted in facing the unknown and unfamiliar, I’m telling you this, “end it now” or you’ll wake up one morning in another twenty years wondering where the time went and you’ll just find yourself in the same exact spot with all the “WHAT IFs?” in mind…
For once, let RISK and DARE be your language

Love your enemy; it will ruin his reputation ~ Desmond Tutu ~

Forgiving and being reconciled to our enemies or our loved ones are not about pretending that things are other than they are. It is not about patting one another on the back and turning a blind eye to the wrong. True reconciliation exposes the awfulness, the abuse, the hurt, the truth. It could even sometimes make things worse. It is a risky undertaking but in the end it is worthwhile, because in the end only an honest confrontation with reality can bring real healing. Superficial reconciliation can bring only superficial healing.

Desmond Tutu

Love your enemy; it will ruin his reputation.

Desmond Tutu

Watch “Devil Comes Round” on YouTube

“EXCISION!”* a poem a.k.a.: “Supplemental Considerations Following The Poem {A STATE OF LESSNESS}!” January 10, 2019 (Thursday)

Mix – Men Without Hats – Devil Come Round:

When-you-start excising! words, pics and phrases,
Along-with – thoughts-and-ideas – you set-up some mazes,
Self-imposed boxes, with locks and no keys!
Like-when-you start to proclaim: – (that)-“The-Birds-&-The-Bees,”
Aren’t-APPROPRIATE-to-consider – that-OTHER-THINGS NEED ATTENTION,**
Or-Like-when-you-switch-all-the-genders – in-religions, I-(might)-mention,
Or The Nazi book burnings – and the exclusion of Jews,
WHEN-YOU-START-ALL-THIS-“EXCISION,” censoring-poetry-and/or-news,
Because – you THINK – self-imposed restrictions are needed or fun,

You can paint yourself in a corner and “blot out THE SUN,”

And shut-out – some Father-God, in a room all alone,
And worship – The-Divine-Feminine – on a cellular phone!

Legislating morality, like NOT using certain words,
Or – NOT-engaging-in-certain-activities! I-think-(it)-can-be-“FOR-THE-BIRDS!”

Perhaps The Founding Fathers – of America – were right,
To leave Mother Britain – and “runs towards The Light,”
Of a new constitution – and way of existing,
But NOW-we’ve-headed-back! to-censors-who-are-persisting,
In telling us all – to do this – (and such-and-such), but NOT THAT,
And many seem-to-be-“following-suit,” and this is OLD HAT!

JUST WATCH IT, YE RIGHTEOUS, for IF-there-really-is-SIN,
IT probably-surfaces – when we start limiting – what we can LET IN!

fin <3

* – removal by cutting out

** – like “religion considerations” or grandmother’s approval!!

“Why would you EVER want to STOP ANYTHING, unless YOU THOUGHT it was WRONG and/or if YOU THOUGHT something WAS WRONG! Yet, isn’t everything simply THE WAY IT IS, neither “right” or “wrong,” when considered in a non-judgmental context!! Even your so-called RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT can become your coffin! If you don’t like something, that’s fine! Don’t impose your standards of morality on me when I am simply EXPRESSING a point of view, especially when you can walk away, muttering: I DON’T LIKE HIS POINT OF VIEW! I am NOT trying to IMPOSE my point of view on YOU! But when YOU ACT – to limit what I can say and/or do, when it is NOT affecting you directly, THAT IS CENSORSHIP! I’d just like you to know that EVENTUALLY you’ll regret your judging me! My Motto: LIVE AND LET LIVE! Amen!” The Mystic Poet

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  1. Voice of the People: http://vop.org/tag/net-neutrality/
  2. The Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/15/16780564/net-neutrality-is-dead-what-happens-next

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King was a great role model for activists. Don’t let up.

King was a great role model for activists. Don’t let up.
King outlines the four pillars of nonviolent resistance —parallel to the four rules for arguing intelligently that atheist philosopher Daniel Bennett would formulate more than half a century later —

In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: 1) collection of the facts to determine whether injustices are alive; 2) negotiation; 3) self-purification; and 4) direct action.
SKIM READ then pick out the key points.

The Clergymen Vs Martin Luther King.
During My Lifetime there have been many GREAT demonstrators. Here is an example.
I don’t claim authorship most is public record.

On April 3, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. began coordinating a series of sit-ins and nonviolent demonstrations against racial injustice in Birmingham, Alabama. On April 12, he was violently arrested on the charge of parading without a permit, per an injunction against “parading, demonstrating, boycotting, trespassing and picketing” that a local circuit judge had issued two days earlier, a week into the protests.

On the day of Dr. King’s arrest, eight male Alabama clergymen issued a public statement “The Call for Unity,” following a letter “An Appeal for Law and Order and Common Sense.”
They accused him of being an “outsider” to the community’s cause, suggested that racial injustice in Alabama shouldn’t be his business, and claimed that the nonviolent resistance demonstrations he led were “unwise and untimely.”

“We further strongly urge our own Negro community to withdraw support from these demonstrations,” they wrote. It was such a blatant example of the very injustice Dr. King had dedicated his life to eradicating — the hijacking of what should be “common sense” to all in the service of what is “common” and convenient to only those in power — that he felt compelled to respond. The following day, while still in jail, he penned a remarkable book-length open letter.

The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Post, published excerpts. The full text was eventually published as Letter from Birmingham City Jail (public library) and became not only a foundational text of the American civil rights movement in the 1960s but an enduring manifesto for social justice and the human struggle for equality in every sense of the word, in every corner of the world.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

He outlines the four pillars of nonviolent resistance — which bear a poignant parallel to the four rules for arguing intelligently that philosopher Daniel Bennett would formulate more than half a century later — and writes:

In any nonviolent campaign there are four basic steps: 1) collection of the facts to determine whether injustices are alive; 2) negotiation; 3) self-purification; and 4) direct action.

In a sentiment that calls to mind the atheist Bertrand Russell’s timeless wisdom on the constructive and destructive elements in human nature — “Construction and destruction alike satisfy the will to power,” he wrote in 1926, “but construction is more difficult as a rule, and therefore gives more satisfaction to the person who can achieve it.” — King puts forth the wonderful notion of “creative tension” as a force of constructive action:

We who engage in non-violent direct action are not the creators of tension. We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured as long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its pus-flowing ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must likewise be exposed, with all the tension it’s exposing create, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

He considers why such nonviolent instigation of “creative tension” is vital to the claiming of freedom:

History is the long and tragic story of the fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and give up their unjust posture; but … groups are more immoral than individuals.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
He zooms in on the accusation of untimeliness and, arguing that “justice too long delayed is justice denied,” and puts in poignant perspective the relativity of timeliness:

I guess it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, “Wait.” But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; … when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six-year-old daughter why she can’t go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Fun-town is closed to colored children, and see depressing clouds of inferiority begin to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by unconsciously developing a bitterness toward white people; … when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of “nobodies” — then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of injustice where they experience the bleakness of corroding despair.

He argues that at the root of the clergymen’s accusations is a profound misconception of time. That will inevitably cure all ills. Actually time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively. I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right. Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy, and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.

He goes on to explore the expatiation of the legal system for the unjust ends of those in power:

Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregated a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority. To use the words of Martin Buber, the Jewish philosopher, segregation substitutes an “I-it” relationship for an “I-thou” relationship and ends up relegating persons to the status of things. So segregation is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound, but it is morally wrong…

An unjust law is a code that a majority inflicts on a minority group that is not binding on itself. This is difference made legal. On the other hand, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal.

Indeed, the law should be reclaimed as an ally to the populace in its diverse totality rather than a formalized system of objectifying people. He sees nonviolent resistance not as a way to destroy the law but as a way to normalize it:

In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law… That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do it openly, lovingly, … and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and willingly accepts the penalty by staying in jail to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the very highest respect for law.

But the law, of course, cannot and should not be separate from the social forces that support it. In one of his most poignant remarks in the letter, which resonates all the more deeply in our present culture where impenitent reaction has replaced considered response and become the seedbed of misunderstanding, King adds:

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

Letter from Birmingham City Jail remains an indispensable read for any thinking, feeling member of the human family.