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Saved By Mercy By Martin Luther King

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Saved by Mercy For thousands of years humanity has lived by the saying, “an eye for an eye”. It is the philosophy that every time someone harms, they must be harmed. It is the idea that every time someone does wrong to someone else, the victim has the right and even the obligation to do wrong back. It is the supporting quote for horrible violence and revenge. And in spite of its many downsides, it has become the support for the inconsistent punishment of criminals in our justice system. The world changing leader of the Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King Jr., made the obvious yet previously unstated point that “The old law of an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”. It is true. If we live by repaying evil with evil, our world will quickly be consumed with violence until we destroy each other, because if we do not love there is no forgiveness and without forgiveness there is no mercy and without mercy we have no hope. Mercy is imperative for the survival of the human race. King’s quote applies to almost every area of life. When first hearing “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”, many will agree with the concept. If someone slaps a person in the face then they deserve to be slapped back. It seems to make sense that when someone does something wrong they should get an equal punishment in return for their misbehavior. However if someone were to actually try this approach in everyday conflicts, they would soon discover some issues. The
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