Blogathon #19 – More Wisdom of King

Here are even more pearls of wisdom from the nonviolent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

“You may well ask: ‘Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches, etc.? Isn’t
negotiation a better path?’ You are exactly right in your call for
negotiation. Indeed, this is the purpose of direct action. Nonviolent
direct action seeks to create such a crisis and establish such creative
tension that a community that has constantly refused to negotiate is
forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it
can no longer be ignored.”

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps
to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is
really cooperating with it.”

“I decide on the basis of conscience. A genuine leader doesn’t reflect
consensus, he [or she] molds consensus.”

“We will never have peace in the world until men everywhere recognize
that ends are not cut off from means, because the means represent the
ideal in the making, and the end in process, and ultimately you can’t
reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree.”

“Something about evil we must never forget, namely, that evil is
recalcitrant and determined, and never voluntarily relinquishes its hold
short of a persistent, almost fanatical resistance.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of
comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“We have guided missiles and misguided men.”

“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 murder the hater, but you
do not murder hate. In fact, violence, merely increases
hate….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. King’s daughter Yolanda, may she rest in peace, was a Soulforce supporter; I met her in Cleveland a few years back when the organization protested at a United Methodist Church convention and she marched alongside Mel White and Gary Nixon for justice.  She was delightful and inspiring and brave. Her mother, Dr. King’s widow, the late and great Coretta Scott King, was also an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality. Thus, I can legitimately say: BE LIKE KING! SUPPORT THE BLOGATHON EFFORT FOR SOULFORCE!

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One response to “Blogathon #19 – More Wisdom of King

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