Frequent readers will recall that the weekend we celebrate the work of Martin Luther King, Jr., holds an important status in my creative life. It was that weekend in 2008 when the germ of the story that became my first book, An Alien’s Guide to World Domination, emerged from a discussion with a friend. We were interested in the phenomenon of holidays becoming more about sales and consumerism than about their origins. I remember coming away from that talk with a commitment to be part of the larger conversation about our human family. An Alien’s Guide is a comic narrative about the importance of good people doing what they can for one another, even when the odds seem insurmountable.
For this year, 2018, this quote of Dr. King’s from about 50 years ago presented itself as worth sharing, considering, and meditating upon:
“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”
(From A Christmas Sermon on Peace, 1967)