The Arc Of The Moral Universe

In 1853, Unitarian minister Theodore Parker said:

I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.

In several speeches in the 20th century, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. updated, shortened and immortalized Rev. Parkers words as: “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

It’s a powerful phrase and sentiment, both in the original and in Dr. King’s version, but there’s another saying that goes: “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Here’s your proof:

The vine-covered edifice you see is a quaint summer home. A bit odd-looking, architecturally, until you read the caption which informs you that this re-purposed building was previously a guard-tower in the old Deutsche Demokratische Republik (DDR) – the former East Germany.

From a pictorial trip through the old Iron Curtain at the BBC