An Inescapable Network of Mutuality

Inquiring minds want to know… am I teaching tonight? Of course, it’s not a day “off,” but a day “on” as some would say. Happy to serve. There’s hope in the body, and in the body politic.

The Considered Kula

We’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly…I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I first used this quote when I wrote a version of my first post on Sandy Hook Elementary, back when Jared Loughner shot Gabby Giffords. I think that the ongoing resolution of this fundamental tension—being what I ought and allowing you to be what you ought—is the basic dynamic of a peacefully contentious politics.

The source of this quote is King’s speech “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” which he delivered as Oberlin College, but also at the National Cathedral in Washington on March 31, 1968…

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