The dimensions of life

Published: Monday, January 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM.

Though written 55 years ago this year, the words at the bottom of this space remain fitting for today.

Written by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday the nation will observe in the coming week, they are the foundation of so much more than equality of races.

King was much more than a civil rights activist, much more than a rousing speaker. He was a man, flawed as we all may be, who reached far beyond the narrowness of civil rights to consider the human condition.

And during the times we face now, with economic uncertainty and great disparity, with far too many living in desperate need, with partisanship ripping at our seams, his words of 1958 remain achingly relevant.

Following are portions of an essay entitled “The Dimensions of a Complete Life.”

It is one essay in the book “The Measure of a Man” and provides insight into the philosophical foundation of King’s work.

They are words I refer to often, the book passed on to me by my father.

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