The picture on the left is looking down the runway from the Arctic Ocean, back towards town. Again this was taken about 2 PM Friday afternoon, before the sun officially crosses the horizon, giving us more light each day.
Yesterday was, of course, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day observed. When I started to compose this blog, it was still Monday; now it is Tuesday morning, a day that many people are celebrating thinking that Obama is the answer to King's vision and dream; but it is just a start, and it is still forty years in the making. Not only did King have a dream about equality for all people, but he also spoke out for equal education which is still a major issue throughout the United States.
Another stance that upset the establishment was that he was against war, speaking out against the United States thinking that they can just show up with their military and expect everybody else to live and think and we do; speaking out against the idea that our form of Democracy and capitalism works and fits all situations. I am not always sure it works here all that well.
The last major portion of Martin Luther King, Jr's, and eventually placed him for his death, was speaking out and protesting against poverty. Poverty is still a root problem not only here in the North Slope, or in the United States, but throughout the world, where ever we have upper-class systems that keep all others down. Poverty is tied into all the aspects of King's visions and dreams, it is the starting point of segregation, of not treating each other as Children of God. Poverty is the reason that many school districts can not afford the appropriate funds to properly teach and prepare our youth for the future. Poverty is the reason war can happen, sending the not so rich into battle while the rich can sit on the side line and watch. Poverty is spoken through out the prophets of the Bible, including the prophets of our own time, whether we chose to listen or not.
While the election of Obama is a major step in the correct direction, we still have a long way to go before we truly hear King's dream of claiming to be the Children of God that we are and finally coming together stating, "Free at last, Free at last. Thank God Almighty we are all free at last."
Peace and blessings.