Weekly reflections on spirituality and health
Reflection for MLK Day
Hate for hate only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe. If I hit you and you hit me and I hit you back and you hit me back and go on, you see, that goes on ad infinitum. It just never ends. Somewhere somebody must have a little sense, and that’s the strong person. The strong person is the person who can cut off the chain of hate, the chain of evil. And that is the tragedy of hate, that it doesn’t cut it off. It only intensifies the existence of hate and evil in the universe. Somebody must have religion enough and morality enough to cut it off and inject within the very structure of the universe that strong and powerful element of love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Loving your Enemies
November 17, 1957, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama
(View text at http://www.richtonparklibrary.org/images/stories/pdfs/2013/MLK-2014/MLK-Speeches-Eleven-65pp.pdf).
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