Typist, I get what you're saying but I'm not sure what discussion you want to engender from it as your basic conclusion seems fairly straight forward.
Right, I agree, it's an obvious kind of point. A reflection on sainthood, that's all.
Honestly, the only reason I posted it was I heard an interesting story on NPR about the last few months of MLK's life. He was facing many challenges across the full scope of his life, and it struck me how impossible it would be for anybody, even a saint, to maintain the high level of glorious achievement he reached during the sixties. When one is on the mountain top, there is no where to go but down.
Or, on to heaven...
I don't know if the disagreement stems from what might seem like you elevating the status of the assassin as though he did MLK a favour by offing him before he got a chance to reveal his weaknesses.
Yes, it's the nature of my writing style to invite disagreement, I get that. I don't object.
To be more precise, we could say Ray did a favor to King's brand
, but obviously not to King himself. I'm sure King would have chosen life over being a saint.
The more interesting question might be, did Ray do us a favor? Because King is seen as a saint, he is an iconic figure whose example will inspire and provide leadership for many succeeding generations. King's impact has been extended far beyond his temporal life, due in part
to the fact that his public image is blemish free.
There's a show business phrase that comes to mind here. Always leave them wanting more. John Lennon showed his understanding of this concept when he dissolved the Beatles.
I went to the same high school as the Allman Brothers, and thus am steeped in AB culture. This same thing happened when Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash. He was lionized, sainted, and we'll always remember him 24 years old, wild, free, and at the peak of his popularity. We never got to see the pot belly that was likely part of his future.
Ha, ha, can't you see Janis Joplin on a celebrity talk show today? She'd likely be fat, loud, rude, drunk and not all that attractive, her voice gone from years of abuse etc.
You know, kinda like me.