Robert F. Kennedy quoted the ancient Greek, Aeschylus, a poet and dramatist who is considered by many as the founder of Greek tragedy, during his speech on the night of, and concerning, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."
Kennedy followed the quote with the following words:
“What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black... Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world."
Thank you to Dr. Joe Colletti of Fuller Theological Seminary for bringing this back to our attention as we seek to address the growing homeless crisis in America.