A lot of you may have seen the viral Martin Luther King, Jr. quote on Twitter and Facebook. Below is the full quotation from his speech:
"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."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I remember hearing this quote from the nuns who taught at my high school (which is, incidentally, where I developed all of my feelings against violence). I try not to get too political on social networking sites (and even on this blog - woops), but I didn't see much harm in quoting Dr. King. Unfortunately, I'm almost always wrong about this, and there's always some jackass from my hometown who is taking a break from commenting on Yahoo news stories to point out what a bleeding heart liberal I am. Sure, I get that we don't agree on things like health care, guns, abortion or our President's citizenship. But it's frustrating that someone can find fault in such a profound, insightful quote from a champion for peace.
This morning while getting ready for work, I was exhausted from the weekend and being up late to watch the news last night, and have been feeling a huge array of emotions about the events of the past couple of days. So you'll forgive me if I didn't really care what I was wearing.