“Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That’s the time you must not do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system.”

SageDoyle

Today in the United States we honor the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  So in observance of this, below I have an excerpt from his “Loving Your Enemies” speech, and the entirety of “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.  January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

“Loving Your Enemies” November 17, 1957

“Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a…

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  1. That’s true. Paying back evil with evil is simply approving and encouraging evil but forgiveness teaches the other party and observers that there is an alternative. A better alternative at that. It is more difficult to let go than to hold on. Those who let go often go far. Real men let go. To forgive is to let go. Lovely post! Nice reblog.

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