The world and you

A weekly collection of content from the wonderful world wide web that challenges us to explore the role of spirituality in society.


Martin Luther King III: Don’t Idolize My Father, Embrace His Ideals of Freedom, Justice and Equality
by Amy Goodman
Democracy Now

What do you believe in? How are you living out those values? How are you standing up? We encourage you to check out Democracy Now!’s coverage of the 50th anniversary of the voting rights campaign in Selma, Alabama. In this clip, Martin Luther King III speaks out on the recent dismantling of the Voting Rights Act. He encourages us all not to look at his father, Martin Luther King, Jr., as a historic idol, but to integrate into our lives and actions the values he preached: “…you see, Dad wouldn’t want us to idolize. He would want us to embrace his ideals, of true freedom, justice and equality and righteousness. So I’m concerned because our voting rights have been decimated. We are a better nation than the behavior that we are exhibiting.” Watch the clip from his speech at the Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, AL here.


A Crisis of Anxiety Among Aid Workers
by Rosalie Hughes
The New York Times

How do aid organizations support their most valuable resources—their people? In this op-ed, Hughes recounts her experience with burnout—hitting bottom on “an idyllic Mediterranean beach in Tunisia” after suffering for months with symptoms like insomnia and intrusive memories of trauma she had witnessed and receiving no response to her request for support from her organization’s human resources department. In the world today, it is of utmost importance that we understand the impact that human suffering has on all of us. How we support one another has a direct impact on the change and healing we hope to bring about in the world. In conclusion, Hughes makes her point crystal clear: “Aid organizations exist to alleviate suffering and maintain and protect human dignity. They should do better at applying these principles to their own staff.”


Post-Internet Poetry Comes of Age
by Kenneth Goldsmith
The New Yorker

What is a poet? What is poetry? In this article, Goldsmith shares reflections on the emerging trends of internet-sourced poetry—poems and collections created with content and words mined from the worldwideweb. Unclear whether Goldsmith is presenting or critique or a mere statement of what is, a reader might wonder isn’t poetry simply a reflection of the world we live in? As we mine the internet for so many of our experiences, isn’t it just natural that we would mine it for our poetry too? Maybe our world become an “ahistorical free-for-all” as our paintings and poetry are now beginning to show us… an interesting read for all you creators out there.


Image by Cristóbal Schmal via New York Times.