Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither, and lose both.
-- Benjamin Franklin

It’s easy to forget

“There are people in this world who do not love their fellow man, And I HATE PEOPLE LIKE THAT!!!

- Tom Lehrer

“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.”
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is sometimes easy to get caught up in the righteousness of a cause, or the passion of a political season, and forget what the root of your beliefs really are. If I truly believe that all humankind is valuable, that we all have “that of God” in us, then I must love everyone, including those with whom I dramatically disagree. Hatred only begets hatred, war only begets more war. While I resist that in my country and my leaders, I must also resist it in my own spirit.

“You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?”

- Matthew 5:43-47

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