The Gulf Between Practice and Profession

Explore the moral juxtaposition in MLK's "Strength to Love" & discover how actions contradict values. Learn from King's insights.

The Gulf Between Practice and Profession
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One of the great tragedies of life is that men seldom bridge the gulf between practice and profession, between doing and saying. A persistent schizophrenia leaves so many of us tragically divided against ourselves.
On the one hand, we proudly profess certain sublime and noble principles, but on the other hand, we sadly practice the very antithesis of these principles. How often are our lives characterized by a high blood pressure of creeds and anemia of deeds!
We talk eloquently about our commitment to the principles of Christianity, and yet our lives are saturated with the practices of paganism. We proclaim our devotion to democracy, but we sadly practice the very opposite of the democratic creed. We talk passionately about peace, and at the same time we assiduously prepare for war.
We make our fervent pleas for the high road of justice, and then we tread unflinchingly the low road of injustice. This strange dichotomy, this agonizing gulf between the practice and the profession, represents the tragic theme of man's earthly pilgrimage.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Collection