Martin Luther King, Jr.: We Must Shift From a “Thing-Oriented” Society

by , 01/18/16   filed under: Quotes

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“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered. …

“A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. It will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, ‘This is not just.'”

—Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before he was assassinated.

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