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Spoken Word | Martin Luther King Jr.

It really boils down to this: that all life
is interrelated.
We are all caught
in an inescapable network of mutuality;
tied
in a single garment of destiny,
to whatever affects one directly;
affects all indirectly.
We are made
to live together because
of the interrelated structure
of reality.
And did you ever stop to think that you
can’t leave for your job in the morning
without being dependent
on most of the world?
You get up in the morning and go
to the bathroom, and reach over for a sponge,
and that’s handed to you by
a Pacific Islander.
You reach for a bar of soap,
and that’s given to you at the hands of a Frenchman.
And then you go in the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning,
and that’s poured
in your cup by
a South American.
Or maybe you want tea.
That’s poured in your cup by a Chinese.
Or maybe you’re desirous of having cocoa
for breakfast,
and that’s poured in your cup
by a West African.
And then you reach over for your toast,
and that’s given to you at the hands
of an English-speaking farmer—not to mention the baker.
And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning,
you have depended on more than half of the world.
This is the way
our universe is structured,
it is its interrelated quality.
We aren’t going to have peace on earth
until we recognize
this basic fact
of the interrelated structure of all reality.

 

Martin Luther King Jr.
12/24/1967
Listen ‘live’ here (7:08-9:05).

‘Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion’–S.1, E.1

The nonchalance of dear Anniken’s rhetorical question at 7:24 in episode one of a five-part Norwegian reality TV mini-series called Sweatshop: Dead Cheap Fashion, is

an appallingly
accurate representation
so many of us have
regarding
the precious lives
of human beings
who make what
we consume without thought
every
single
day.