Martin Luther King Jr. - Only Light Can Drive Out DarknessJan 17, 2022
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On a day devoted to the pacifist, Martin Luther King, Jr., I believe this is an important message.
Somehow hateful, rude acts and words have become normalized. Just as the idea has that if you’re not my Brother, you’re the Other. This type of thinking seems to have driven us further apart, and now because of COVID we have a new type of “Other” depending on which side of the vax/no vax debate you’re on.
I’m not advocating letting someone who is hateful to you continue to hurt you. If you’re being harmed, please get the help you need to get away from the situation so you are safe.
What I am referring to is to love people who are different from you enough to be willing to listen to what they have to say, online or in person. Then, to respond respectfully, rather than in a hateful manner.
If you act and speak to others who don’t look or think like you, with the intention to be respectful and constructive, that helps to open up communication instead of shutting it down.
How do you feel when you try to discuss an issue you have with someone and they won’t let you talk or won’t listen to you? I’m guessing, it makes you feel as though your concerns don’t matter, and by extension, that you don’t matter. It’s the same with other people.
Sometimes, despite your good intent, what you say or do might unintentionally hurt someone else, because of the filters each of us use when interpreting information.
If you do hurt someone unintentionally, try to explain more about what you meant to show your positive intent.
You can’t control whether or not someone will be receptive to your words or actions, but you can control how you choose to interact with others.
One act of love towards another person, can not only help drive out darkness in them, it can also make your light burn even brighter!
Wishing you ☀️❤️☮️ Alicia
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