“One of the great tragedies of life
is that men seldom bridge the gulf
between practice and profession,
between doing and saying.MLK 1963 Lincoln Memoarial

A persistent schizophrenia
leaves so many of us
tragically divided against ourselves.

On the one hand,
we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles,
but on the other hand,
we sadly practise the very antithesis of these principles.

How often are our lives
characterized by a high 
blood pressure of creeds
and an anaemia of deeds!

We talk eloquently about our commitment
to the principles of Christianity,
and yet our lives are saturated
with the practices of paganism.

We proclaim our devotion to democracy,
but we sadly practise
the very opposite of the democratic creed.

We talk passionately about peace,
and at the same time
we assiduously prepare for war.

We make our fervent pleas
for the high road of justice,
and then we tread unflinchingly
the low road of injustice.

This strange dichotomy,
this agonising gulf between
the ought and the is,
represents the tragic theme
of man's earthly pilgrimage.”

~~ Martin Luther King Jr., Strength To Love

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Civil rights leader, Orator
Husband, father
pastor, activist, humanitarian
Leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement
Nobel Peace Prize recipient, 1964


2 thoughts on “Words: “…The Gulf Between Practice and Profession …””

  1. Martin Luther King was amazing, but not perfect. So many of us (men and women) can espouse theoretically but have issues with the real and present. Guess that is why we continue to learn, change and hopefully improve.

    1. Really great point. None of us is perfect, but having a willingness to learn and aim for better should be our goal. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

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