Martin Luther King’s advice on avoiding violence – a reprise

Our friend Keith has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking post for the day, for the times we are living through. He quotes Dr. Martin Luther King, one of the wisest men of our times. Thank you, Keith, for this perfect post!

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The following post was written about nine years ago, but still resonates today.

Martin Luther King once said,“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very things it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, it merely increases the hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

These aspirational words ring true even today. A historian made a comment on the news the other day, saying the only thing man has been very good at since the…

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10 thoughts on “Martin Luther King’s advice on avoiding violence – a reprise

  1. My comment to Keith:
    As the atheist in the crowd, the opposite to violence is not peace, but REFUSAL TO BE VIOLENT.
    The opposite to bad worship is no worship at all.
    The problem with treating others as you want to be treated is people who don’t care how they are treated.
    I realize most of you are religious, and I do not want to interfere with what you believe. !But sometimes it is necessary to remove religion from the discussion, and approach it from a purely human vision. Religion causes as much violence as it tries to prevent. No matter what religion someone practises, they all have one thing in common–excluding themselves from certain groups while excluding others from their groups. I’m not saying there aren’t believers who try to be inclusive, but they are a mighty small minority. Every religious group has someone to beat upon. Right now Evangelicals are the main whipping boys, Yesterday it was Jews and Muslims, and non-heterosexual people. As soon as you throw belief into an equation, you set up boundaries that exclude someone.
    The time is coming to keep your religious views to yourself, and worship in private. I do not advocate censorship, but I do think unadulterated respect is what will bring about a true human race, and let it then move on to respect for all living beings. That is how to unite.

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