Rosie’s Post-Easter Thoughts
Whatever your religious beliefs, Easter Sunday is celebrated by so many with family dinners and vacation, with the delight on kids faces as they discover trails left by the Easter bunny or with Jesus, your God or your personal belief system. I was struck this weekend by a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. and I think it will strike a cord with every person regardless of your Easter traditions:
“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.”
This idea of peace coming from within is a long-standing, taught in the Bible and several other important philosophies. It’s long surviving because it is sound – tried and tested if you like – over millennia. I also think it’s a wonderful message to keep with you not only for Easter but everyday, and it’s something worth sharing with your children or with your babies to be. Everywhere I look there is a story of hope and peace that comes out of the reprehensible acts of violence that we see every day on the news. It also extends to ourselves and our personal struggles, and it is important to know that violence, in any form, against our selves or loved ones will not work. Love and peace are the only ways.
I wish you peace and love this spring and beyond, and hope that you’ll try love today instead of anger, even when it’s difficult. Happy sunny days!
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