The note reads: "Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. He who loves is a participant in the being of God."
Valentine's Day is around the corner, and to celebrate the occasion, memorabilia company Moments in Time has put a unique piece of history up for sale: a rare, handwritten note about the meaning of love by Martin Luther King Jr. The social activist who played a prominent role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968 is said to have written this around the mid-1960s, reports CNN.
A newly uncovered handwritten note from Martin Luther King Jr. reads: "Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. He who loves is a participant in the being of God." https://t.co/aGIvzUPFmv— CNN International (@cnni) February 9, 2020
The note is priced at a whopping $42,000. According to TMZ, King wrote this after being asked by one of his admirers to define love. Despite the hefty price tag, Gary Zimet, CEO of Moments in Time, believes that the rarity of the handwritten note commands the price point, given that it has been written by the iconic civil rights leader himself. He told CNN, "It is extremely rare. Other than inscriptions in (typed) letters and books, finding a handwritten note is very rare. This note encapsulates the philosophy of King's life and that's why it's so important."
Zimet believes that Martin Luther King Jr. wrote the note after someone asked him what the meaning of love was. It reads: Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. He who loves is a participant in the being of God. On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated, according to History. He was shot to death while he stood on the balcony of a motel in Memphis.
When asked about the authenticity of the note, Zimet stated that he relied on his 40 years of experience to believe that the note is genuine. Even then, he made sure to compare the letter to other instances of King's handwriting to ensure it was authentic. The rare handwritten note was purchased from a memorabilia dealer in the UK, who according to Zimet, was unaware of its worth.
Zimet hopes that the note would go to someone who understands the value of it and appreciates the meaning behind this rare and incredible find. Sheila Zulfiquer wrote on Twitter: I wish there were more people like Martin Luther King Jr in the U.S and in the World When a heart is fair and knows to love God..only then is she/he able to love fellow beings.