The Reverend Dr Martin Luther King Jr

is one of my heroes. My all-time favorite speech EVER is I’ve Been to the Mountaintop. I’m sure I’ve heard it well over a dozen times. It’s just to powerful and beautiful not to listen to over and over again.

I’m sorry I missed his birthday celebrations yesterday, but his message is relevant–and crucial–across all days and times and so I figure now is as good a time as Monday to dedicate this post to him. May you take it to heart.

β€œThe 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 murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiples 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.”

And to leave you with his final (publicly uttered) words:

I get chills every time I hear them.

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