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The following are parts of a letter written by Martian Luther King while he was in jail for committing nonviolent civil disobedience during the Montgomery bus boycott
Let us be practical and ask the question, How do we love our enemies?
Let us be practical: How do we love our enemies? First, we must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. It is impossible to love our enemies without the prior acceptance of the necessity, over and over again, of forgiving those who inflict evil and injury upon us. It is always up to the victim to forgive -- the one injured, tortured, oppressed. Forgiveness does not mean ignoring what has been done or putting a false label on an evil act. It means, rather, that the evil act no longer remains a barrier to the relationship. "I will forgive you, but I will never forget what you have done."
Second, we must realize that the evil thing of the enemy-neighbor, the thing that hurts, never quite expresses all that he is. An element of good can be found even in the worst enemy. Each of us is tragically divided against ourselves -- a persistent civil war rages within all of our lives.
Third, we must not seek to defeat or humiliate the enemy but to win his friendship and understanding. At times we are able to humiliate our worst enemy. Inevitably, his weak moments come and we are able to thrust in his side the spear of defeat. But this we must not do. Every word and deed must contribute to an understanding with the enemy and release those vast reservoirs of goodwill which have been blocked by impenetrable walls of hate.
The meaning of love is not to be confused with some sentimental outpouring. Love is something much deeper than emotional bosh. Jesus did not say "like your enemies." The form of love Jesus referred to, agape, means a level of love that is understanding and creative, redemptive goodwill for all persons. An overflowing love which seeks nothing in return, agape is the love of God operating in the human heart. This form of love allows us to love the person who does an evil deed, although despising the evil thing that the person does.
Why should we love our enemies? Let us move from the practical how to the theoretical why? The first reason is rather obvious -- returning hate for hate simply multiplies the darkness. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a spiral of downward destruction. The chain reaction of evil -- hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -- must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
Another reason is that hate scars the soul and distorts the personality. Mindful that hate is an evil and dangerous force, we too often think of what it does to the person hated. But hate is just as injurious to the one who does the hating. Hate divides the personality where love unites it.
Finally, love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. We never get rid of an enemy with hate; we rid them by getting rid of enmity. By its very nature, hate tears down. By its very nature love builds up. Love transforms with redemptive power.
There will be no permanent solution to oppression until the oppressed people develop the capacity to love their enemies. Of course, this is not practical. Life is a matter of getting even, hitting back. Am I saying that Jesus commands us to love those who hurt us and oppress us?
My friends, we have followed the so-called practical way for too long and it has led to deeper confusion and chaos. Time is cluttered with the wreckage of communities which have surrendered to hatred and violence. We must follow another way. We shall so appeal to your heart and conscience that we shall win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory
by the way illmatic the panthers were inflitrated by the C.I.A and the Nation of Islam killed Malcom so that shows you right there that using negative energy to fight something or someone dosn't work