Daily Archives: May 2, 2011

On SVS and losing control…

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Snopes, you are too slow for internet speed — (partly) fake MLK Osama-related quote

UPDATE 5/4/11: Here is the story of how the mashup supposedly happened…
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FAKE! Sorta. The first part seemed wrong to me. Who are the thousands?

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

This quotation is floating around today. But it is a “fake” quote. Or partially fake. The first sentence is not real. The rest IS MLK. That part of the quote is originally from STRENGTH TO LOVE (1963) and goes like this:

REAL:

“Why should we love our enemies? The first reason is fairly obvious. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

VIEW ORIGINAL REFERENCE in STRENGTH TO LOVE (1963) from Google Books

Related Links:
STRENGTH TO LOVE (1963) at Amazon
More good quotes from STRENGTH TO LOVE
Soldiers of Conscience (2007) – a thought-provoking PBS documentary I saw recently on conscientious objectors (At Amazon)
Picture of the Day: Inside the Situation Room the Day bin Laden Died

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