“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools” – Martin Luther King, Jr

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“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools” – Martin Luther King, Jr


The USA celebrated Martin Luther King Day on January 17, 2022.  In honour of his legacy, I decided to use one of his quotes for my inspirational article today which is “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

The World would be in a better place if we learn to live together. One of the primary reasons why there is so much war among countries is due to the hatred that exists among the countries. Because there is hatred, we are unable to live together as brothers and we end up perishing together as fools.

Brothers and sisters who grew up together in the same house are not living together anymore as brothers and sisters. Sometimes, it is due to a simple misunderstanding. Sometimes they just grew apart and never kept in contact. Sometimes there is greed and sometimes there is jealousy and as result families fall apart.

Some people still allow racism, politics, colourism, nationality and status to keep them apart. Quite frankly, this is ignorance and that is why some of us will perish as fools.

How to live together as brothers?

Recently, I came across a story where this little boy name Myles told his mom Britney Tankersley about his best friend who looked just like him and he wanted both of them to dress alike on Twin Day at their School event. His mom didn’t meet his friend but she bought the outfit and was so surprised when she saw her son’s friend. You see Myles was white and his friend was black but Myles saw his friend as his twin brother despite the fact they did not look alike. We need to be like Myles by treating everyone as our brothers and sisters. In other words, we need to be like children so that we can learn to live together as brothers. Most children are so innocent and they do not see people the way adults see them but somehow when some of these children become adults, they are taught to hate and see people who are not like them as being different. I know no adult wants the mindset of a child but I encourage you to think like a child when dealing with other individuals and in so doing, it will allow us to live together as brothers. Matthew 18:2 stated that ‘and he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

In a small place like the Turks and Caicos Islands, there are over 90 nationalities and we are so divided. There is so much room for all of us to co-exist and live in harmony but we continue to see others as locals and foreigners, black and white, poor and rich, and PNP and PDM. I honestly believe if all of us were to overcome our differences and unite, the Turks and Caicos would be in a better position. We can do this if we simply get to know one another. The place is small so we should be able to achieve this.


We can do so much if we learn to live together as brothers and this means loving others, helping others, encouraging others and looking out for others. Do not let politics, your background, race and colour stop you from being brothers to one another. Learn to respect others despite who they are.

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