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Revisiting: What Remedy Was Dr. Martin Luther King?

Revisiting: What Remedy Was Dr. Martin Luther King?

February was Black History Month, so it seemed only fitting to honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by guessing what his constitutional remedy might have been! Scroll down for the answer.

I have to quickly announce a death.

Aren’t you even going to say hello and welcome to the Hpathy Quiz?

Hello, and Welcome to the Hpathy Quiz.  Now, as I was saying… The director of the Muppet Movie…

Aaaah!!!  (We need a larger production staff!)

… (1979) James Frawley died last month.

Shana, do you really think anyone cares about the Muppet Movie?

I know you may not have heard of him,

No kidding!  And neither has anyone else!!!!!

but it’s culturally significant.

It is???  Oh.  Well if only I had known!

It was even selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

(Is there anything that you don’t know?)

I haven’t seen The Muppet Movie in years.

I find that hard to believe.

but I think it was about the Muppets going to Hollywood to pursue careers in show business.

Well, geez!  Now everybody’s gonna wanna see it!

I mean who doesn’t remember, “Rainbow Connection”?  It’s iconic.

Did you say “moronic”?

Turns out James Frawley also directed 5 episodes of my favorite show “Grey’s Anatomy”, and 2 episodes of its spin-off, “Private Practice”, and, you might be interested to know he directed “Columbo” from 1977 to 1989.

What????  He directed “Columbo”?  Well why didn’t you say so!!!?????  Don’t you realize that “Columbo” is a classic?????  I have every single episode!

Geez, Shana!

You might want to start the Quiz now.

Yes, good idea.  Well, actually, this was Krista’s idea.  She said that since February is Black History Month, we should find the constitutional remedy of a famous civil rights leader; and of course, only one likely candidate comes to mind: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Who else?

Of course, I could have picked Malcolm X too.  Both were assassinated.  Maybe we’ll do Malcolm X next year.

So, here’s what I want you to do, I want you to watch the video below.  It’s Martin delivering his most famous speech at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington.  “Civil Rights” was the term given to the movement to end legal discrimination against black people in the southern states of the United States (also known as “the slave states”).  So, just some background information because most of our readers are from Asia and other parts of the world and may not know who Martin is.

In the United States, for many centuries, slavery existed in the Southern States–states like Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arkansas (pronounced Ar-kan-saw, for some reason) and Virginia.  The slave trade was big business.  People were stolen from Africa and brought here in the hulls of ships.  They were forced to pick cotton under harsh conditions on huge farms called plantations.

If a slave tried to escape to the North–to freedom–all heck broke loose!  The plantation owners had dogs — bloodhounds — to track him down.  He’d be brought back and forced to endure some horrible, unimaginable punishment.  Even so, there was something called “The Underground Railroad” that shepherded run-away slaves to safety, even to as far north as Canada.

At some point, the southern states decided they wanted to start their own country and secede from the United States.  They wanted to call themselves The Confederate States of America.  Abraham Lincoln was president at the time, and he said, “Not so fast!”  He knew he’d have to end slavery in order to defeat this Southern secession movement.  The Civil War ensued, North against South.  The North won, slavery was abolished, but, like Martin Luther King a century later, Lincoln was assassinated, and the South remained a veritable snake-pit of evil where black people lived in constant fear of violent racist mobs.  It was perfectly legal to discriminate against blacks, refuse to serve them in restaurants, refuse them hotel rooms, force them to sit in the back of the bus, and so on.

An evil terrorist organization called the Ku Klux Klan would burn down their houses at night, or hang them with rope around their necks from branches of trees.

This is where the Civil Rights Movement led by Martin Luther King comes in a hundred years later, with a mandate to end this insanity.  They “sat-in” at lunch counters ’til the police would come in and arrest them and take them to jail.  “Whites Only” signs were everywhere.

They marched, and the police would be called and the marchers would be beaten and police dogs would be set on them.

Finally President Lyndon Johnson was forced to put a stop to this legalized discrimination with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (yes, black people weren’t allowed to vote either!)

Today, we still struggle with the forces of evil who would happily return us to the days of slavery if they could.  Fortunately, they’re in the minority.  I want you to click on the link below and watch Martin Luther King’s most famous speech (note that he uses the word “Negro”–Spanish for “black”–as that’s what black people were called back in those days) and what I want you to do is make a list of the elements of the case.  For example, Martin is very obviously averse to injustice!  So there’s your first element.  And he’s a Reverend, so, he’s obviously a religious person; and he has a doctorate, so he’s a studious person, and he gives speeches, right?  So that’s a rubric too. So when you’ve found all the elements of the case, try to find rubrics for them, then repertorize, and write to me at [email protected] and tell me: What Remedy Is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?  The words to the speech are below.  The answer will be in next month’s ezine.



I Have A Dream


I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American [Abraham Lincoln], in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation.  This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice.  It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.  One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.  One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.  One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.  So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check.  When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.  This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned.  Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”  But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.  So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.  We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.  This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.  Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.  Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.  Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.  This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.  1963 is not an end, but a beginning.  Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.  There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights.  The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice.  In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.  We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.  Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.  The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.  They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.  We cannot turn back.  There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?”  We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.  We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.  We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one.  We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”.  We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.  No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations.  Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells.  Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality.  You have been the veterans of creative suffering.  Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.  Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.  It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope.  With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.  With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.  Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.  So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.  Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.  Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.  From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”


To play us out, Mom (I know you’re going to say “Oy”, so just get it over with.)

Shana, are you still here?  What have you done now?

Because this is Black History Month and our quiz was about Martin Luther King.

So, don’t tell me, let me guess; you’re going to play James Taylor again???  Aaaaah!!!!!




Causticum (7)

Sulphur (2)



Well….  I had a feeling everyone would vote for Causticum….  Anyway, who wants to go first?


Hi Elaine…

Hi Neil!

Well I had a dream …

Did you know that that’s a song by Ray Charles?



Sorry, I got side-tracked.


…and the dream said “Causticum” for Martin Lither King.

Interesting dream!

It’s the first remedy I think of in fighting for justice–a cause he is most remembered for.

Well, Neil, you took the easy way out–again!  I somehow knew that everyone would go right for Causticum and not even try to come up with the elements of the case!  But, I tried to get you started, right?  Didn’t I?  Now you’re going to have to really think!

Darn, I was hoping my instinct would do the work.

Not that Causticum is a bad idea….

Is anybody else here today?  Oh look!  It’s the gang from Slovakia!


Hello Elaine and Shana,

of course, we  know who Martin Luther King is!  We also know his famous speech “I Have a Dream”.  Hopefully we will be able to quess his constitutional remedy correctly.

OK, let’s see what you came up with.

Miroslav – Causticum.

What a surprise……..

In this case and after the last lesson I’m going no longer to speculate.  The first thing I thought about was that Martin Luther King was an intellectual fighter.

I’m glad you said that!  Yes, “intellectual” is a great rubric for him!!! 

An intellectual fighter for the rights of others, so I picked Causticum.  I persist in this choice because I was looking into the Repertory and I couldn´t find any rubric associated with rhetoric, speech …

I believe you’ll find it in: “Mind: Talking, speeches, makes”.

I only know that Arg-n., Lyc., and Sil. have a lot of stage-fright, which obviously will disqualify them.  M.L.K’s  speech was a break-through in the history of racial matters.

He had to be extremely trustworthy …

Yes, trustworthy; unfortunately, I don’t see it in the Repertory.  The closest I could come was “Responsible”.


Jitka  – Causticum

I’m shocked!

When I read the quiz, Causticum came to my mind at first, but then I found it is often in relevant rubrics along with Sulphur.  I began to doubt a bit and I looked for help in the book:  Homeopathic Psychology by Philip Bailey.  I compared both remedies and I was going back and forth between Causticum and Sulphur.  In one paragraph about Sulphur, Bailey also says that in idealism, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish Sulphur from Causticum.  Then I found out that in the rubric: IDEALISTIC and POLLITICALLY ORIENTED, typically an attribute of the fighter for equality, Causticum is there but not Sulphur, so I vote for Causticum.

Right, because Sulphur famously does not care about others!  An important element of this case is the rubric “Sympathetic, empathetic”.  Sulphur is not there!  You would have to be a sympathetic person to fight for the rights of others.  Am I right?  Martin did not care so much about himself.  In fact, one of his greatest speeches that bears this out was the eulogy he “gave” at his own funeral; please see below:


His Own Eulogy

Martin Luther King Jr.


Every now and then I guess we all think realistically about that day when we will be victimized with what is life’s final common denominator–that something we call death.

 We all think about it and every now and then I think about my own death and I think about my own funeral.  And I don’t think about it in a morbid sense.  And every now and then I ask myself what it is that I would want said and I leave the word to you this morning.

If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral.  And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy tell him not to talk too long.  Every now and then I wonder what I want him to say.

Tell him not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize–that isn’t important.  Tell him not to mention that I have 300 or 400 other awards–that’s not important.  Tell him not to mention where I went to school.

I’d like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others.  I’d like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody.

 I want you to say that day that I tried to be right on the [Vietnam] war question.  I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry.  I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe the naked.  I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison.  And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.

 Yes, if you want to, say that I was a drum major.  Say that I was a drum major for justice.  Say that I was a drum major for peace.  I was a drum major for righteousness.

And all of the other shallow things will not matter.

 I won’t have any money to leave behind.  But I just want to leave a committed life behind.  And that is all I want to say.  If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a well song, if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

(at the request of his widow, Dr. King’s last sermon was played at his funeral)




Sorry I interrupted–again, do continue.

Here are rubrics that I managed to find in Murphy´s.


– religious inclinations: caust, SULPH

– discuss, inclination,  on everything:  CAUST, sulph

– politically oriented:  caust

– idealistic :  caust


Very good choices for elements of the case, I agree with most of them; in fact, Causticum did come up very high in my  repertorization.  I was kind of surprised it didn’t come up #1 because it would appear to be the most popular answer.  But here’s what I picked for the elements of the case–and remember, you have to think very deeply about this:

  1. Courageous–he would have to be courageous to give his life for a worthy cause! Here’s a quote from him: “I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”


  1. Intellectual–as Miroslav so smartly noted. He had a PhD, for heaven’s sake! Yes, his intellect….  His speeches weren’t mere rants and accusations and blaming others, but more like Shakespearean oratory.  Because of that, I picked the following rubrics:


  1. Speech, extravagant


  1. Talking, speeches, makes


  1. Talking, formal and…


  1. Perfectionist–because his speeches are nothing if not PERFECT, certainly not thrown together hastily and haphazardly, but deeply thought-out and probably fussed over for long hours.


  1. Cannot tolerate injustice! This of course is the one we think of first.


  1. Sympathy, empathy. You’d have to have sympathy and feel empathy to act on behalf of others.


  1. Political. Yes, there’s no doubt about that. Martin Luther King was one of the first leaders of any sort to speak out against the Vietnam War, for which he received a lot of criticism from other civil rights leaders.  He organized “The Poor People’s Campaign” and the last thing he did before he was assassinated was to go down to Memphis, Tennessee to give support to the garbage workers who were on strike.  (“On strike” means you walked off your job with the goal of getting a better job contract: more money and better working conditions.)  You might say that for the rich and powerful, Martin Luther King was the most dangerous man in America!


  1. Responsibility, over-responsible. Look at all the responsibility he took on!  The leader of the Civil Rights Movement, a leader of the anti-war movement and finally an organizer of The Poor People’s Campaign.


  1. Ambitious. Look at his agenda!  Was this an ambitious agenda or what?  Free the black people, stop an unjust war, lift the poor out of poverty…  Definitely ambitious.  And, maybe most importantly…


  1. Idealistic!  This is a very important one–his idealistic outlook, that he could help lead the way to a perfect world–and again, there’s the Perfectionism!  And lastly, of course….


  1. Religious.  He was a Christian minister who studied the writings of Gandhi.


So, I repertorized all of these things and guess what remedy came out on top?  IGNATIA.  No, I am not kidding!

Hi Elaine and Shana!

Hi Maria!

First I have to say that I am a huge fan of the Muppet show!

Shana?????  Look what you’ve done now!

Especially of the 2 old men in the balcony, Statler and Waldorf!  They are brilliant!


Also of Animal and Beaker!  Sooo funny!

I like the surfer kid with the blonde hair….

But for this month’s quiz, I vote for Causticum.  If I am wrong I will try again.

Oh boy, another vote for Causticum!  But I, who actually bothered to make a list of the elements of the case, came up with a rather surprising remedy!  Did you make a list of the elements of the case?

PS: I think we should do a muppet-based quiz in the future!



Is anybody else here today?


Hey.  Misba, here. my answer is Carcinosin as I repertorised from my understanding.

That’s actually a very good choice.  Let’s look at the rubrics you chose:


  1. “Mind: discontented”.

You know, Shaqib, if a symptom makes sense, it’s not a symptom.  Back then, in 1963, in what we call “the South” (the former slave states), they were still lynching black people (hanging them from trees), and drowning them in the Mississippi River (that’s pronounced “Miss-sis-sippy”).  You would have to be “discontented” under the circumstances!  So we can’t use this as a symptom, or an element of the case.

  1. “Mind: freedom, desires freedom”.

Again, under the circumstances, anyone would desire freedom!  It makes sense.  So we can’t use it.

  1. “Mind: Hopeful”.

I picked “idealistic”, which I think is very similar.  Yes, he does have a dream of a perfect world, an ideal world, and he’s sure it will come to pass (hopeful).  Because of that, I also picked “Perfectionist”, because not only does he dream of a perfect world, but if you look at his speech, it can only be described as “Perfect”, as if he agonized over every word, every phrase, every paragraph.  So I had to pick “Perfectionist” and “Idealistic” too.

  1. “Mind: Injustice, cannot support”.

Absolutely!  Totally agree!

  1. “Mind: Justice, desire for”.

I would tend to think that the same remedies would be under 4 and 5.  My Repertory doesn’t have this rubric so I can’t check to see.  But if they have the same remedies, then by having them both in the same repertorization, you’re over-weighting those remedies, it’s like putting your thumb on the scale for them.  So, what I would probably do is either combine those two rubrics to make one larger rubric out of them or take one of them out.

  1. “Mind: Meeting of souls, sensation of”.

I don’t appear to have this rubric in my Repertory.  I’m not sure why you chose it, except that Martin was at a gathering of a lot of “souls” when he gave this speech.  If that’s what you mean, we can’t use it.  The number of people there had nothing to do with him.  He had no idea how many people were going to show up.  And I’m not even sure what this rubric means, to tell you the truth.

  1. “Mind: Religious, too occupied with religion”.

He was religious, it’s true.  I picked the rubric “religious”.  But I think you may have gone too far by picking the subrubric “too occupied with”.  It implies some sort of abnormal process.  But what you may not be aware of is that the Black Church was at the center of the Civil Rights movement, especially in the South.  Black churches were noted for their spirited singing–it was called “gospel music” or “Negro Spirituals”– and there were a lot of songs in the Civil Rights Movement that were taken from Negro Spirituals, and they would sing them as they marched and protested, and “sat-in” at segregated lunch counters, etc.; perhaps, they’d be singing this song:


“Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around, turn me around, turn me around

Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around,

I’m gonna keep on walking, keep on talking, marching up to freedom land

Ain’t gonna let no jail house turn me around, turn me around, turn me around

Ain’t gonna let no jail house turn me around

I’m gonna keep on walking, keep on talking, marching up to freedom land

Ain’t gonna let segregation turn me around, turn me around, turn me around

Ain’t gonna let segregation turn me around

I’m gonna keep on walking, keep on talking, marching up to freedom land

Ain’t gonna let race hatred turn me around, turn me around, turn me around

Ain’t gonna let race hatred turn me around

I’m gonna keep on walking, keep on talking, marching up to freedom land

Ain’t gonna let Mississippi turn me around, turn me around, turn me around

Ain’t gonna let Mississippi turn me around

I’m gonna keep on walking, keep on talking, marching up to freedom land”



They would meet in church and plan what they were going to do.  Here in this video below, run it up to 1:30.  Not only will you see Martin in church, but he’s delivering one of his most memorable speeches, which I have to write out for our non-English-speaking friends:

“Deep down in our non-violent creed is the conviction that there are some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally true that they’re worth dying for; and if a man happens to be 36 years old as I happen to be, and some great truth stands before the door of his life, some great opportunity to stand up for that which is right, [but] he’s afraid his home will get bombed, or he’s afraid he will lose his job, or he’s afraid he will be shot or beat down by [the police]; he may go on and live ’til he’s 80, but he’s just as dead at 36 as he would be at 80; and the cessation of breathing in his life is merely the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.”



So, because the black church was right at the center of the Civil Rights Movement, we can’t use “too occupied with religion” as a symptom in this case.

  1. “Mind: Sensitive to criticism”.

I don’t see it.  Do you mean that he’s sensitive to racial hatred?  Well, again, who wouldn’t be?  If it’s “common”, we can’t use it.

  1. “Mind: Speech, enthusiastic”.

This would appear to be a good rubric, BUT, it’s very small–2 remedies, according to Murphy’s Repertory: Cannabis indica and Coffea.  To me, this is an under-populated rubric, we can’t use it.  Plus which, all black preachers speak this way, making this a “common” symptom; but of course, you probably didn’t know that.  But here’s Reverend Jesse Jackson, a close friend of Martin’s, who was there with him the day he was assassinated, giving a sermon–a speech– in church about his candidacy for the presidency in 1984.  Here he’s bemoaning that Ronald Reagan won the election in 1980 because blacks didn’t vote.  You’ll see that his speech is every bit as “enthusiastic” as Martin’s:



  1. “Mind: Speech about the future”.

I really think you’re reaching too far here.  Even though Martin does mention the future in this speech, it is basically a speech about how the Constitution of the United States, which says all these nice things about how “all men are created equal”, hasn’t lived up to its promise where black people are concerned, and so black people are here today to say “Enough!”  And this is why I chose the rubric “Courage”.  Because you can imagine how much courage it must take to stand up, look the United States Government in the face, and say: do something about segregation because we’re fed up and we’re not going to take it anymore!  That’s real courage!

  1. “Mind: Speech, repeats the same thing”.

No.  What you’re referring to here is a literary device:  “I have a dream today!  I have a dream this afternoon!”  This is poetry!  This is how black preachers talk, how they deliver their sermons.  They’re like songs, the chorus of songs, they repeat a phrase over and over again and it gets the audience shouting and clapping and standing up.  It’s not a symptom.  This rubric refers to…I actually knew somebody once who literally kept repeating the same thing over and over again and it was so annoying I finally had to say to him, “Will you stop talking?????  You’re saying the same thing over and over again!!!”  Lachesis does that.

  1. “Mind: Unification, sensation of, fellow man, with his”.

I know what you’re trying to say.  That he wants all men to be brothers.  But that’s not what this rubric refers to.  I couldn’t find this in my repertory but, I’ll bet the remedies in it are essentially drug remedies: Cannabis, LSD…maybe Phosphorus, Hydrogen….  I think the rubric “Idealistic” covers what you’re trying to say, though.


So, all things considered, you didn’t have too many useful rubrics here.  Here’s what you got:

  1. Can’t support injustice
  2. Hopeful


Think about Martin:  He can’t support injustice–that’s the big one, right?  But what else?  As I said: Courage, Idealism, Makes Speeches…but what else?  RESPONSIBLE!  Look at all the responsibility he’s taken on!  The responsibility for all black people, for all poor people; and because he was an anti-war activist as well, for all the people in Vietnam (a country we invaded for apparently no reason!)  So I picked the rubric, “Responsibility, over-responsible”.  This is where your Carcinosin comes in!  This and–another rubric–“Sympathetic”, and “Perfectionistic”!  Here’s your Carcinosin case: Sympathy, Over-responsible and Perfectionistic–and probably “idealistic” too.  That’s why your choice of Carcinosin works.  And it came up number-2 for me and is actually a very good choice, really.


Who is next?


Oh look, Shifa Shaikh is here!






















Shifa, I have a feeling that one of your fellow study group members has also written to me because someone named Shaqib (I hope I spelled it right) wrote to me with a strikingly similar rubric list!  And I answered him in detail, maybe he will share my email with you, but you will see it in the quiz answer anyway.  But I see you have added “intellectual” (which I totally agree with) and “religious affections” (which I totally agree with).

“Positiveness”, I agree but I find it a little too general.  You know, when you think about it, almost every remedy can be “positive” about something.  Arsenicum, which we usually think of as being full of anxiety, can be very positive about how “smart” they are and how they alone have all the answers to every question!  Think about Sheldon in “The Big Bang Theory” which I did in one of my recent quizzes.  He’s an Arsenicum.  Very arrogant and condescending to others.  Lycopodium is the same way–very sure he has all the right answers, looks down on inferiors.  Phosphorus is very positive but is easily pulled away by a negative influence.  Calc-carb is very positive but easily influenced by sad stories and bad news and so, a tendency to worry.  I just think you could make these kinds of statements about all the remedies; so, not sure how much value a rubric like “Positiveness” has.

“Revolutionist”–I can see people wanting to pick that, and it has some merit.  Martin was actually a pacifist.  In fact, he’s a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.  I’m not sure “revolutionist” helps to describe him anymore than it would explain Gandhi.

“Wants to fight for helpless people” is a great rubric.  Again, that rubric is not in my repertory (Murphy’s) so I don’t know if it’s too small to be useful…but, here’s what I did:  I crossed “Fights, wants to” with “Sympathetic” (meaning, wants to fight because of sympathy for others) and only 2 remedies come up strongly and they are: Causticum and Nux vomica.  A few others come up but have low scores.

The other rubrics I talked about in detail with Shaqib.  So, I see in your repertorization that Sulphur comes out on top.  Well, what goes against Sulphur?  Sulphur is actually very selfish with a desire to make money and has a tendency to be untidy in appearance.  Martin is very neatly dressed and groomed.  I actually picked the rubric “perfectionist” for him because of that and other reasons as well, like his desire to live in a “perfect world” where everyone lives in harmony.  He’s not selfish and there is no money to be had in what he’s doing.  In fact, a man with a PhD can go very far in this world.  He can lead a nice, quiet, comfortable, middle-class life.  But that’s not what Martin chose to do.

What can we say about Martin?  First there’s the obvious rubric about injustice.  “Can’t support injustice”.  What else?  He’s “idealistic”!  He has visions of a perfect world, an ideal world.  What else?  As you said, “religious”, but what else?  What’s a big one?  RESPONSIBILITY!  He’s “Over-Responsible”!  He’s taken on the responsibility for all the black people in America, all the poor people, the working people–when he was assassinated, he was in Memphis, marching with the striking garbage workers!  So, “Responsible, over-responsible” is a big part of the case, and so is the rubric “Political”.  And as you said, “Intellectual”.  You have to add “Sympathetic”, of course, because he cares!  (If you go to the rubric “Sympathetic”, Sulphur isn’t there!  But Sulphur is there as a 2 under “Selfishness”!)

So, Shifa, when I repertorized (and I may have left out a couple of things) but the remedy that came up #1 was–get ready for it……  Ignatia!  I know, I know, really unexpected!  Carcinosin came up #2, I really like that choice as well.


Oh my god!!!

It is really unexpected, just while reading the case Causticum was there on my mind because of the nature of helping others, fighting for them, providing for them.  But after repertorization Sulphur came and I had the exact same doubt, that Sulphur is selfish, will he go to such extent to help people, to fight for them?


Exactly!  What I see Sulphur doing is arguing about the correctness of Martin’s cause (it’s a 3 under “quarrelsome”), because he has probably read a lot about it and fancies that he could tell people a thing or two and be a real authority on the subject!  Sulphur is a 4 under “Egotism”; so, he might well want to be seen as an authority on the Civil Rights Movement.  But, as to whether Sulphur would join an organization, lead it, always be where he’s supposed to be, get there on time, attend meetings and so on…?  I don’t see it!


But I thought lets just send it to you, as that way I will realize my mistakes.  Again “idealistic” rubric, I didn’t think of it; the “perfectionist” rubric also and the “responsibility” rubric was so obvious I couldn’t crack that but very glad I now realize it.


About the “positiveness”, did I say that rubric wasn’t in Murphy’s?  Actually, it is!  I must be losing my mind!  It’s actually, “Positiveness, Optimistic”.  I’ll tell you this, he certainly wasn’t optimistic about his chances of living!  In his last speech he said, “…I’ve been to the mountain top, and I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the Promised Land.  I may not get there with you.  But I know that we as a people, will get to the Promised Land!”  He has also said, “If you haven’t found something worth dying for, you’re not fit to live!”  So, “positive”…  Was he “positive”?  He was a realist.  What he was positive about was that nothing would change if you didn’t fight for it and have courage.  “Ambitious”–that was another rubric I picked for him.

Listen, you know what?  I have a story to tell you.  It’s actually about a children’s movie called “Our Friend Martin”–it’s a cartoon.  Here’s how it goes:  A bunch of kids were visiting Martin’s childhood home as part of a field trip from school.  The home is now a museum.  The thing is, Martin’s bedroom turns out to be magical—all due to Martin’s watch, which is still there.  It enables the boys to time-travel!  It took them back in time to Martin’s childhood.  They see him on a baseball field and become friends with him. 

After much chit-chat, they said, “Martin, come back to the future with us, they named our school after you!”  “No way,” Martin says.  “This I have to see!”  So they hold the magic watch and time-travel back to the present.  But nothing is as it should be!  The school is named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and it’s segregated!  The school bus won’t pick them up, they had to walk, and when they got there, they weren’t allowed to drink from the drinking fountain!  It was one shock after another, and their homeroom teacher told them they would have to leave.

The boys were incredulous!  Bewildered!

 “What is going on here?” one of them said. 

Martin said, “Maybe because I left the past and didn’t live my life, it changed the future.  I have to go back.”  The boys said, “No!  No!  Don’t go back, you don’t understand, there’s something we have to tell you!” 

“Don’t tell me,” says Martin, “everyone has a destiny.”  He touches the watch and goes back in time, back through the years, one by one; when he gets to 1968, there’s a big bang!  An explosion of gunfire, and all of a sudden the future changes back to the way it was:  Robert E. Lee’s name disappears from the school, the “Whites Only” sign over the water fountain is gone, the school room is no longer full of only white kids!  It’s a great concept as a movie, a masterpiece, really.  Very well done!  Try and find it, do a search for it.  I bet Amazon has it.  “Our Friend Martin”.

Cliff Paul on Twitter: "#GrowingUpBlack in February when the teacher ALWAYS played that Martin Luther king jr cartoon movie 😂" / Twitter

I got side-tracked again, didn’t I?  Where were we?  “Positiveness”?


Yes it’s a very general rubric.  But I took it because I felt while reading the case that he told that not all the fellow white people are against them, so I interpret it as a positive outlook.  But thank you for explaining how other remedies are also positive and how it differentiates with one another.  I need to learn how to differentiate BETWEEN REMEDIES!!

Yeah, about Shaqib he didn’t actually shared with me your email yet.

I guess now I have to ask him haha!!

Thank youuu soo much Elainee it’s a joyful learning experience with you always.

Looking forward for more.



Well, you know what?  This has been a very magical time for me too!  Watching all those old videos again, I feel like I’ve gone back in time myself!  I think we need to reacquaint ourselves with Martin Luther King every once in a while, so we don’t forget how great a man he truly was but more importantly, he should be an inspiration for us to do what needs to be done!

Thanks to all of you who voted!

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Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

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Shana spices up the Hpathy Quiz with her timely announcements and reviews on the latest in pop culture. Her vast knowledge of music before her time has inspired the nickname: "Shanapedia"!

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