True story: Sunday night, I heard there would be a Presidential address about some as-yet-undisclosed topic related to national security, so I turned on the TV — and saw Obama at a podium, announcing that he’d agreed to the release of his birth video. This was just the local news program showing a clip from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but for a moment I thought it was Obama’s address to the nation, and I thought it was hilarious that the White House and the news agencies had gone in on this joke together.
I’ll close with a quote that I stole from a friend’s Facebook status:
I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, 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. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Update: apparently it’s not an actual MLK quote. But I still like it. The original version, from Where Do We Go from Here: Chhaos or Community? is:
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.
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Don’t feel bad about stealing it; they stole it from someone who stole it, ad infinitum, and it wasn’t accurately quoted in the first place. ;-)
Thanks — I didn’t realize it wasn’t accurate. I actually like this version better than the original.
accurate quote or not, i like it too. and feel the same about OBL’s death.
Totally disagree. I think I speak for EVERYONE when I say that Martin Luther King Jr. doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Of course darkness drives out darkness. I mean, why else would roaches come out at night?
I have to confess — last summer, I rejoiced at the deaths of the wasps that had been infesting my front porch.