Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A quote - in honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr Day

For those of you "international" folks, you may not know that next Monday is a holiday here in the U.S. While I always tried to convince people they got the day off because it is my birthday, nobody ever seemed to accept that I was important enough to warrant a national holiday.

Anyway, next Monday is "Martin Luther King, Jr. Day." Sometimes it's called "Human Rights Day."

In any case, I was reading tonight and I came across this quote that I thought was pretty cool and thought I'd post. When I realized it's by MLK, I figured it's all the more appropriate.


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.

--Martin Luther King, Jr.,
--From "Strength to Love," 1963

1 comment:

milai said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog.

Advance Happy Birthday! :)

The quote is timely. In today's world where senseless deaths claim many lives, pain is a relative companion of most and apathy makes us forget other people's plight, this serves as a reminder to us - to pause... reflect... and act. It's a call to forego hate... and embrace love instead.