Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Darkness Cannot Drive Out Darkness


I was still pondering the paradox of a king (Christ) who suffers and dies, when my mind flashed on a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote: 
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies 
hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction...The chain reaction
 of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars--must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of
 annihilation.[1]
Pondering the suffering King, as well as King’s quote on the one hand, and looking at the generations old conflict in the Middle East, the years of war in Afghanistan, the news of North Korea’s artillery attacks on South Korea, etc. on the other hand, makes me conclude that we still don’t get it. Maybe you’re thinking, of course we don’t get it. But, no, that’s not what I mean. We keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect different results. [2]

When will we get that “hate multiplies hate,” and “violence multiplies violence?” And when, oh when, will we see that only light and love can truly save the day?


[1] Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963.
[2] This definition of insanity is attributed to Albert Einstein. 

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