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Extremists of Justice
Extremists of Justice

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 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 question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?

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James.Magaw 9 hours 10 min ago

There's a mistake or typo in the last sentence of this quote. I think it should be "for the extension of justice" rather than "for the extremists of justice" (according to my copy of "Letter from the Birmingham Jail").

ehewitt 5 hours 14 min ago

Fixed it! Thank you, Jim.

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