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Boy oh boy I really have a few heroes in life: John Coltrane, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr. All of whom came from a similar time period with a similar bent on life even if it came from independent corners of creativity.

I read that fake DRMLKJR quote last night on facebook and there were things I liked about it. And I read last night that Atlantic article about how it was a ficticious quote. And I think that also made a good point even though I think the perspective could've been elaborated. But there is one thing I think still need to be said, which is: taking anything out of context can be a little tricky because parallels are not the same as exacts. King didn't deal with the today's particular situation but he dealt with US segregation, the Vietnam war and other hate-filled situations. Out of that, a parallel sentiment to the false quote arose. I don't think it's necessary to bring DRMLKJR into this particular dialogue, but it is important to remember the bent of his disposition perhaps:  

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.

We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

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.

Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true.

This call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one's tribe, race, class, and nation is in reality a call for an all-embracing and unconditional love for all mankind. This oft misunderstood, this oft misinterpreted concept, so readily dismissed by the Nietzsches of the world as a weak and cowardly force, has now become an absolute necessity for the survival of man. When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am not speaking of that force which is just emotional bosh. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality.


That TJ is one cool person, if I were alive in 2011 I would give him a high five daily I think, yes please.


~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Huifi - 05.05.11
    I would like to comment on your news post, the latest one, but it won't let me so I will just say that you are not quite "intaking" breaking bad, you are actually "inhaling" it while your lovely fiance is away. - -

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