Duck and Cover
The violent-retaliation camp are firmly dug into their trenches. My “chain of violence” idea didn’t make it beyond no-man’s land. So here’s my next salvo, courtesy of a man who is better with these word thingies than I:
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 may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate.
Returning violence for violence multiplies 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.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I expect this to be as effective as a chocolate teapot but I’m posting it anyway, so there. 🙂 I’m ready, head between legs, kissing my ass goodbye…