I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. 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” (Thanks Chris, he sent me [here])
“Are we seeking power for power’s sake? Or are we seeking to make the world and our nation better places to live. If we seek the latter, violence can never provide the answer. 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 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. — Martin Luther King Jr.
I saw this quote floating around the internetz in response to Osama bin Laden’s death. I think Dr. King succinctly summarized much of how I (and many others) feel about the situation.
What Do You Guys Think?
I thought the people celebrating in the streets were idiots, although I understood why they were there. I personally don’t trust my government and think the whole thing was bread and circus to take pressure off of how shitty a job our government’s been doing at… almost everything. I have a really hard time believing that they had to act IMMEDIATELY and had to kill him. When, where and how it was done was all carefully crafted to serve some other complicated goals that have nothing to do with vindication for the attacks.
All I needed to see was one tweet like “Osama bin Laden is dead!” Instead it was a total media take over. Lucky for me I don’t watch the news or TV, but even N.P.R. cancelled all their shows to talk about it all day with different experts…
Well, what thoughts do you have about this whole thing?