Idealist are foolish
Have you ever known idealist? They’re fools are they? Well let me mention some in my mind.
Do you know Mahatma Gandhi? An idealist in India.
He show Indians to use their own product. Do you know that Indian product at that time is second rate quality?
He use dhoti, a simple outfit like a cloth wrapped on his body to show simplicity, that’s naive isn’t?
He teach ahimsa, a non-violence movement. How the hell he thinks non-violence movement against the greatest nation in the world with a long history of war and imperialism, Britain.
And then, the most foolish thing is he is remembered as great man, not a great fools
Martin Luther King
He is another foolish idealist. His teaching is a non-violence struggle, as he learn from Gandhi. He ask his people not to react on police bats, what an insane idea, just let them hit you!
This is happen on an event called Bloody Sunday, summary of this event as shown in here
King and SCLC, in partial collaboration with SNCC, then attempted to organize a march from Selma to the state capital of Montgomery, for March 25, 1965. The first attempt to march on March 7, was aborted due to mob and police violence against the demonstrators. This day since has become known as Bloody Sunday. Bloody Sunday was a major turning point in the effort to gain public support for the Civil Rights Movement, the clearest demonstration up to that time of the dramatic potential of King’s nonviolence strategy. King, however, was not present. After meeting with President John F. Kennedy, he had attempted to delay the march until March 8, but the march was carried out against his wishes and without his presence by local civil rights workers. The footage of the police brutality against the protesters was broadcast extensively across the nation and aroused a national sense of public outrage.
Well, with an expensive cost, his movement is succeed.
What about his death then? Like most of foolish, he was assasinated.
Idealist are foolish? Why? Because their acting like they’re out of this world. Nonviolance, for example, is not a natural language in the world of survival of the fittest. But their values works, their out-of-the-world principle is the lighthouse of their followers, and inspire others too, like me.
Yes, I still think they are a stubborn foolish. But maybe I’m also a stubborn foolish idealist…