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MLK Quote #MondayMusings #MicroblogMondays

19 January and it’s but natural that I recall Martin Luther King. I’m sure you all know of his India connection because of his great respect for Mahatma Gandhi and the non-violent movement. But today I want to focus on some words of his.

This MLK Quote really seems relevant to our times.

“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions”


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I had never read these words of his before. But just yesterday, I said to Jose that it seems everyone wants easy answers today. I was talking in the context of people who are not willing to get real enough to get to the root of problems in their relationships. Wives who don’t want to admit that they might have to take the hard route out of abusive situations. Husbands who don’t want to make the time to understand what their wives are really saying when they grumble and nag. Parents who don’t hear their children’s cry for attention and fob them off with expensive gadgets.

I see the same quest for easy answers when people ask me how to do something blog-related. I’ve learned not to provide answers, but to point them in the direction of resources. To me, there’s nothing like doing your research and learning things for yourself.

We take the easy route with our health too. We’d rather down a whole lot of pills or get surgeries done than adopt a healthier lifestyle.

I see this happening in Government and institutions and in the way we are handling the whole issue of terrorism.

I see this in religious practices where people would rather give in to superstition and easy ‘miraculous’ healings than work on true spirituality and discipleship.

I know that  I too opt for easy answers, appeasing behaviour and self-indulgence rather than hard thinking. But I’ve also learned it just doesn’t feel the same as figuring things out and taking the trouble to think things through.

I would love to hear your thoughts on MLK’s words.


I’m linking in to Write Tribe’s #MondayMusings #1 and Stirrup Queen’s #MicroblogMondays # 21


  1. Prasanna Raghavan Prasanna Raghavan January 26, 2015

    It’s a great post. From an educational point of view it’s a step in problem solving; you cannot solve a problem without thinking. From a social and personal perspective, it’s an inculcated behavior. The unfortunate reality of the present time, which has shifted away from Gandhi and MLK, is 1% of the world’s population hoards its wealth against 99% poor. Certainly we need to counter it; we need MLK, in that sense, your post is great.

  2. Irish Carter Irish Carter January 21, 2015

    Wow, did you hit home for me. Yes, so many of us take the easy way out. We really do need to be more disciplined with our lives. I really appreciate what you said about health and rushing to take meds, etc. I have been battling a gall bladder issue for a while now. Eating a bland diet and taking Prilosac works to control it. However, instead of being consistent and eating right regularly I cave every once in a while and think I can handle that piece of pizza only to be in massive regret afterward.


  3. Mel Mel January 21, 2015

    I definitely think people are looking for the easy way out. But I don’t think it’s a new thing. People have always been looking for the fast money, the shortcut, the answers handed to them, the easy A.

  4. Carol Cassara Carol Cassara January 20, 2015

    When I read your posts I always wish we could meet up in real life. Yes, we do like the easy route. So much in this post I’m going to keep it open and return to it. Thanks for honoring a great American.

  5. Chryso Chryso January 20, 2015

    That some people find it a pain to think is so amusing to me. Thinking is uniquely human. I\’d not hesitate to take help in exploring the unknown but I love conclusive answers to complex questions I and my people face. Thank God for the mystery of life… It\’s so interesting to go treasure hunting each day.

  6. Francene Stanley Francene Stanley January 20, 2015

    When we reach a certain age when material things lose their appeal and we struggle to cope with each unfolding day, we have learned to think about the real cause of the problems facing modern man. Trouble is, we don’t have the fortitude to cure them. Just saying.

  7. G Angela G Angela January 20, 2015

    Very true corinne … I too am guilty of finding easy ways to solve issues .. that may require hard thinking, just this morning I was trying to post on my blog; and was struggling with a new template, and wanted to give up, but with a little bit of patience, I managed to post.. like that there are so many things… am learning still. thank you for sharing

  8. Deboshree Deboshree January 20, 2015

    Lovely quote there and one that holds absolutely valid today. Who has the time to think in today’s rushed world full of instant gratification?

  9. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan January 20, 2015

    Interesting, Corinne – I am leaning that way myself re. blog how-to questions. The “give a man a fish” saying comes to mind!

  10. Loni Townsend Loni Townsend January 20, 2015

    MLK was a great man. I think all too often, it’s easier not to think. It takes too much energy, energy we could be expending on self-indulgence.

    I will think today. And I will thank MLK for reminding me to do so.

  11. Debbie D. Debbie D. January 19, 2015

    I think it’s part of human nature to look for the easiest solutions in certain situations, but, I also prefer to learn things by doing rather than asking someone else to do it. It’s the best, most fulfilling way. Thanks for the reminder about Martin Luther King. Excellent quote. 🙂

  12. Kalpanaa Kalpanaa January 19, 2015

    Hard solid thinking is the best way to pull oneself out of whatever quagmire one is bogged down in.
    What a thoughtful post Corinne.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | January 25, 2015

      I always believe in finding one’s own way out of a mess, Kalpanaa (because it’s usually our own creation, anyway! 😉 )

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