Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy Birthday Dr. King

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 murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.... Returning violence for violence multiples 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.

--Martin Luther King Jr.

On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?

There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right. I believe today that there is a need for all people of goodwill to come with a massive act of conscience and say in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "We ain't goin' study war no more." This is the challenge facing modern man.

--- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

from his speech: "Remaining Awake"

Chris, Vineland Ontario
Age:14 Gade:9
Eden High School


Anonymous said...

Hau`oli La Hanau to Dr. King. I have him on all my posts for tomorrow :)

SandyCarlson said...

Happy birthday. And thank you.

Anonymous said...

I admire the man, but that said, I do believe there is a need for war & for violence on occasion. People who always speak with the sword don't understand the daisy.

bARE-eYED sUN said...

timely and relevant as ever,
excellent quotes! :-)


EG CameraGirl said...

Very nice post, Mary. If only people would listen to his words...I mean REALLY listen.

Putz said...

i am so non violent, sometimes i can't stand my self, because the world seems so opposite me, my neighbors are like frank and mary... and marla jane thinks even anger is ok, but i don't like even people to get angry at me, it doesn't change me

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Thank you for including the tribute to MLK. He is a hero of ours and I posted about our 2004 visit to Selma Alabama which remains a hightlight of our retirement travels .

♥ Kathy said...

He was a wonderful man