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Saturday, 16 January 2016
The emperor of all these realms of gloom stuck from the ice at mid-point on his breast. So, Dante in 'Inferno' 34:28.
Hell, and evil, are not full of passion; rather they are stone-cold at their heart.
Here, at the bottom of the spiral, at the absolute centre of the Devil's realm, the emperor is frozen in absolute zero.
So also Martin Luther-King Jr.: 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 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.
- The Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr., "Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community"