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Monday, January 16, 2012


Is it possible to determine the weight of a human thought?

Probably not.

The path of human development has been paved by man’s ability to think, and then act upon those thoughts. Not all the steps have been forward, but the collective intellectual efforts of hundreds of generations have financed our growth.

For most of us, the simple insight which gives birth to the thought seldom goes any further. It’s pretty safe to say that most of our thoughts center around our own little worlds, and are seldom catapulted into the collective social intellect.

Some thoughts, however, once set free, begin to grow, seemingly without limit. History shows us numerous examples of how, once articulated, the essence of a single thought can expand, evolve and act as the catalyst for social change.

The words spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during his August 28, 1963, “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in Washington, DC, were the product of his initial thoughts concerning the plight of African-Americans, during one of the most socially tumultuous eras in American history.

The speech, delivered to a crowd of over two hundred thousand, was co-authored by Dr. King, Stanley Levison and Clarence Benjamin Jones. Dr. King seamlessly molded the individual thoughts of three men into a single clarion call for justice and human equality.

The words, aligned closely with Dr. King’s non-compromising commitment to non-violent civil disobedience, have maintained their vital vibrancy over the decades, and have gone far in bringing about the necessary changes to this country, as well as many others.

Is it possible to determine the weight of a human thought?

Not really.

The ultimate weight of a single thought can best be calculated or measured by the impact, for better or worse, it has on society and mankind.

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