Thursday, September 22, 2016
MLK's thoughts on ahimsa
1- Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.
2- Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. The only way we can really achieve freedom is to somehow conquer the fear of death.
3- Man was born into barbarism when killing his fellow man was a normal condition of existence. He became endowed with a conscience. And he has now reached the day when violence toward another human being must become as abhorrent as eating another's flesh.
4- We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
5- 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.
6- 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 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.
7- Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.
8- In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
9- Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
10- Intelligence plus character -that is the goal of true education.
11- People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
12- I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.