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A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr - Study Guide The Drum Major Instinct Summary & Analysis

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Dr. King addressed the basic human desire to find recognition and importance in some way. It is a sad person who is angry that another person is receiving recognition greater than his. Loss of control of the instinct leads to boasting, crime, overspending, and a desire to put others down in order to feel higher and better than them. The drive towards recognition and superiority is the base factor in racism and prejudice. This factor causes one to assist his oppressors when he should be marching for justice for the poor.

The desire to be the first is appropriate when placed in a proper setting. It is correct to desire to be first in moral greatness. When following the example of Jesus Christ, one must be first in service to others. All can serve with love. Dr. King requested...

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