I look over my FB timeline and see the symptoms of a “Land of no Love” … I dont always agree with turning the other cheek, but I could never argue against loving.
Besides, How much of a win could any victory be if you yourself lost your love in the process. Hate corrupts. Many times both the oppressor and the victim end up bitten by hate, so while I do want justice I understand that it is NOT WORTH the little love I got left to give.
Love needs justice, and justice requires love. Justice w/o love cannot be considered impartial so I cannot believe it to be true justice, that’s just called ‘gettin some get back.’ So many describe their ideas of what justice is and most seem fueled by anger and hate. The real tragedy then is not the issue at hand but that we have let an external issue sap the love out of us.
The civil rights movement was the success that It was, for one reason. Love. Love was the motive and the means. Malcolm had love for his people but did not hate his oppressor. He understood that hating his oppressor would corrupt the love he had for his own. Hate being contagious would have spread throughout his community and would have replaced love as the motive, and hate only fuels more hate.
Malcolm used the love he had for his community as the motivation to seek justice from the oppressor. Had it been the other way around, had he hated his oppressor and utilized that hate as fuel to appeal for justice the outcome would have been much different, at very least the definition of justice would have been askew and arguably perverted. And easily Martin, who left no room for hate, loved both his people and his enemy. So I leave you with this:
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
The problem with allowing yourself to hate your enemy is hate is predictable. You then allow yourself to become a pawn in a chess game, along with the man, or men who you have decided are your enemy who themselves are pawns belonging to another king and queen. I leave you with this last quote:
“This shit’s chess it aint checkers!”
― Alonzo (Denzel Washington) “Training Day”