Today, we hear the word "extremist" and most of us immediately conjure up a negative image. This is especially evident in light of terrorism and the loss of innocent lives, all for the sake of a "cause." But what about those who were labeled as extremists in the history books, who suffered for the sake of compassion, not hatred? People like Jesus, Amos, Paul, Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela. And of course this week, let's not forget Martin Luther King, Jr.
I had this wordle made up from MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, and in doing so, the points of his message became crystal clear. These are not words that represent evil. Rather, they are words that should remind us all of that which is most important, caring and loving one another as equals. So, if this is what it means to be an extremist, I am behind it 100%.
I know that I dream of making a difference, do you?