Friday, November 18, 2005

Quote of the day


Violence as a way of achieving justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. ripplesViolence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(via A Mindful Life)

1 comment:

K. said...

That's a good one. I'm thinking it's just as true on the emotional level, as well.