"At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love"
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"Non violent resistance avoids not only external violence but also internal violence of the spirit. At the center of nonviolence stands the principle of love. In struggling for human dignity the oppressed people of the world must not allow themselves to become bitter or indulge in hate campaigns. To retaliate with hate and bitterness would do nothing but intensify the hate in the world. Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can be done only by projecting the ethics of love to the center of our lives."
I had to read this speech given by Dr. King several times to absorb the principle it teaches. Dr. King embraces the teachings of Mahatma Ghandhi and tries to impress upon our nation how to handle virtually every situation. Give it a major dose of love! It's a terrible shame the message given to us by this national treasure has been lost in a sea of hate. Several people have kidnapped Dr. King's aura and used it as a weapon of hate. I'm certain he would not approve.
"And now abides faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."-1 Corinthians 13:13
Apparently the apostle Paul had the same mantra. The human race keeps getting passed down the same message. It simply has to be important to our survival as a race as, "the message is repeated until the message is learned." We are reminded of this principle by great men of history, who will be next to embrace this philosophy and model it for others? Could that someone be you?