Today is set aside to honor Martin Luther King Jr. And, along with remembering this great man, I'm also reminded of the other minorities out there--socially and politically, and also in the arts--who are still being silenced today. In countries around the world, like China and Iran, there are writers who have been imprisoned for having opinions that are different from their ruling class or simply for searching for the truth. In our own country, so many people become restricted due to the way they were born or the way they think. So often it seems like the minority is wrong, simply because they are the minority. Of course, this is absurd.
The minority isn't always wrong.
So, today, for all the people who feel like they have opinions that are different from what the majority is shouting out, remember that you may be right; remember that you may still change the world, even if that battle seems impossible to win at times.
And, if you need to be reminded of the power of writing, remember that Martin Luther King Jr. (with Bayard Rustin) was inspired by the teachings of Mohandas Gandhi, who was inspired by the writings of Leo Tolstoy, who was inspired by the writing of Adin Ballou on non-violent resistance.
Note: Rick Daley announced that he's opened a new blog for critique exchanges. It's called, oddly enough, critXchange. Check it out if you're looking to give and receive feedback.