MLK on Power and Love – Excerpt From It’s Just Commerce

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In the final days of Dr.Martin Luther King,Jr.’s life,he began to focus on the structural problems perpetuating poverty in the United States. In his last speech to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1967, he refers to the global pattern of poverty, “The plantation and ghetto were created by those who had power, both to confine those who had no power and to perpetuate their powerlessness.” He suggests that misused power is at the root cause of poverty. Properly understood, power is the ability to achieve purpose.“It is the strength required to bring about social, political and economic change”, says King.

King sees nothing wrong with power if it is used correctly with love.As King sees it,

“Power without love is reckless and abusive,and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

Power when coupled with love creates new lasting ways of living that serve everyone.We firmly believe that when businesses are created with the intent of love and they are run by a balance of women and men who lead from the heart, then a new powerful economic resolution to ending poverty will be discovered. It is our mission to do our part to create these companies and begin a new sustainable balanced economic pathway that’s heart-based and serves all people.We believe these companies will attract customers of like mind and heart and powerful win-win outcomes will become the norm.