Hope From a King Essays

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Hope From a King

“Darkness cannot drive out the darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” This quote from a long and memorable list of Dr. Martin Luther King quotes offers some much needed solace, and hope in today’s troubled world. The darkness that Dr. King refers to can symbolize many things today and the hate he mentions is as strong today as it was four decades ago; only we are dealing with a different kind of hate.

In today’s world, darkness is apparent every corner you turn, with the daily atrocities being committed in southern Sudan and the ongoing conflict in Iraq serving as prime examples. Over 30 countries are actively engaged in civil war, and there is the constant threat of
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There are still ways in which light can drive out the darkness that is prevalent in our world today. Every nation claims that they are building up arms to defend their people in case of an attack. This is a perfect example of the darkness that is embedded in the world. People’s psyches are so concerned about the worst of possibilities that we seldom look at the positive ways in which we can improve our world for the better. The light that can offer some answers may be the consent of all nations to reach an agreement on every major international issue such as the battle over nuclear weapons. I find it hard to believe that in a world where we have so much potential to rid the ills of society with diplomacy, we often resolve to arms and violence.

Dr. King was referring to the plight of African Americans (particularly in the South) when he said that “hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Dr. King was in essence preaching to those that wanted integration, and civil rights that the only way you can achieve anything is with love. Dr. King knew that hate often results in violence, and using violence as a means to a gain at a time when our nation was engaged in a deadly war will not have been in the best interest of a nation that needed cohesiveness amongst all its citizens. In the history of the world, hate has never produced a good result. Hitler’s hatred of Jews resulted in the massacre of over six million Jews. In Rwanda, over
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