Driving Out Darkness

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Food for thought:

Booker T Washington

“I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.”
Booker T. Washington

“A gentleman will not insult me, and no man not a gentleman can insult me.”
Frederick Douglass

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fredrick Douglass

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.
We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”
Frederick Douglass

Martin Luther King

Query me this:

  • Can the love Martin Luther King spoke about drive out darkness while also calling for the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake?
  • Is Fredrick Douglass classically saying spare the rod and spoil the child, or is he closer in meaning to our modern-day tough love?

I wish it were possible to hear these two grand gentlemen in conversation were they to be alive today.  I’m thinking Martin Luther King would be comfortable with both messages – bring on the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake and peaceful love.  His peaceful marches did just that.  These were storms in their own right and certainly the peaceful marchers drove out the darkness and brought on the light.

by William Anton Lee
2011 October 13
Driving Out Darkness

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