“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. inspires me in so many ways. These two quotes are some that have touched me and motivated me in my walk to be a world changer. The thing that strikes me as I read MLK’s speeches is that he knew good and well that he would be hated, arrested, and possibly killed for fighting for racial equality. And yet, in the face of hate and darkness, he remained steadfastly committed to love.
Whenever someone tells me that I’m unrealistic to believe in the power of love to change the world, I point to Martin Luther King, Jr. If he could believe in the power of love, then I will too!
Another quote that inspires me is this one:
“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
This quote challenges me to speak out and stand up for what is right. If one isn’t directly impacted, it’s easier to look the other way rather than putting oneself in the position of protesting against wrong. But no great good has ever been achieved by looking the other way. Instead, those of us who want to make this world a better place must be committed to fighting against injustice whenever we see it.
On the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday today, I’m inspired to believe in changing the world. How about you?