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Book Review of: A Call to Conscience
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Review of A Call to Conscience, by Clay Carson
Having grown up in the era of the Vietnam war and civil rights demonstrations, I got this tape thinking it would help me remember some of the key issues of the time and compare them to where we are now. What I was not expecting was the emotional and spiritual journey this tape took me on--it was a journey at a speed that made me look for my seat belt.
Some people malign Dr. King as "that nigger who riled up all the niggers." (Sorry, I do not personally use the N word; I'm just providing a quote here and it includes that terribly offensive word.) Others said he was moving too fast. Others said he was asking for too much. And on and on. What these people fail to realize is Dr. King wasn't riling up anybody. He was not an agitator. He made a call to love. When you listen to his speeches, this all becomes very clear. I am not comparing King the Man to Christ the Lord, but to condemn his call to love does compare him to Christ and does condemn both King the man and Christ the Lord. To my mind, that is hypocritical and presumptuous.
In his speeches, Dr. King presented such concepts as:
Dr. King said two conditions existed:
His goal was to combine power with love--not for black people, but for the brotherhood of mankind. His vision was that people would be judged by their character, not by the color of their skin.
This tape concludes with an incredibly moving speech, given to an audience of 10,000 in Tennessee. To hear a sample clip of the last minute of that awesome speech, click here. It was Dr. King's last speech, given the day before a killer stopped Dr. King's campaign of love and brotherhood by severing Dr. King's spine just below his chin.
|Allegedly, Dr. King's killer was James Earl Ray (pictured at left). I cannot hate Mr. Ray for this. Mr. King's family does not hate him for this. Mr. Ray has always protested he did not act alone. The efforts of the King family to get a solid investigation and final resolution on this issue have been squelched at every turn. Hear Mr. Ray reply to Dexter King's question, "Did you kill my father?"|
battle is not over. Oppression still exists--even his assassin has being
oppressed over the objections of Dr. King's survivors. Today, we have
the IRS confiscating property without substantiation and without due process.
Many of the victims are African Americans. Other slights and injustices
continue. Will America ever become truly civilized? That is a question
we can answer only by taking up the call to love and the call to freedom.
It is a call you your conscience. What is your answer? |
Let's go to the mountaintop.
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You may be wondering why the reviews here are any different from the hundreds of "reviews" posted online. Notice the quotation marks?
I've been reviewing books for sites like Amazon for many years now, and it dismays me that Amazon found it necessary to post a minimum word count for reviews. It further dismays me that it's only 20 words. If that's all you have to say about a book, why bother?
And why waste everyone else's time with such drivel? As a reader of such reviews, I feel like I am being told that I do not matter. The flippancy of people who write these terse "reviews" is insulting to the authors also, I would suspect.
This sound bite blathering taking the place of any actual communication is increasingly a problem in our mindless, blog-posting Webosphere. Sadly, Google rewards such pointlessness as "content" so we just get more if this inanity.
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Speed reading is a specialized type of reading that requires skipping text as you go. Using this technique, I've been able to consistently "max out" a speed reading machine at 2080 words per minute with 80% comprehension. This method is great if you are out to show how fast you can read. But I didn't use it in graduate school and I don't use it now. I think it takes the joy out of reading, and that pleasure is a big part of why I read.