This has always been one of my favorite quotes of Dr King, but the expanded quote makes it even better and never has it been as apropos as it is today.
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
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 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.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
|"Imagine" Photo by April Hubbard, hand painted by Barbara Upton|