Where Do We Go From Here? (1967)
by Martin Luther King, Jr.
The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing 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 the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. ... Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, 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.
It's been a very troubling day ... a day of conflicting thoughts. At the end of the day, this quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., sums it up best for me. Like last night's post, I'm going to leave this one here for you to consider - it needs no additional words from me.