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.
“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 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.