hate for hate

free your mind
{free your mind by katie daisy}

"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."


i'm not sure how you're feeling today, but this puts words to a feeling that i've had for a few days now. i want to spread light today.


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  • completely agree. one of my friends posted this quote and it definitely reflects how I feel about it all.

  • My boyfriend and I were just discussing this very quote last night while watching the news. I find it impossible to go out and openly rejoice over the death of another … even of such an evil man. Watching the footage of people banding together and celebrating in the streets only gives me an uneasy feeling, as that is exactly what our enemies did when the two towers fell. We shouldn’t cheer over the death of Osama, but move on and plan for the next step. Thanks for sharing this Bonnie.

  • Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?” Ezekiel 18:23
    This is how I felt when I heard the news. I didn’t feel relief and I sure as heck do not feel like we are any safer, although I’m not living in fear. I really am thankful for all who served and are serving for our country and freedom. America is blessed beyond measure.

  • thank you for all of your sincere and beautiful comments. i can’t help but be saddened (and disappointed) by the celebration of someone’s else’s soul that is most likely in eternal torment. breena, thank you for sharing that verse- it’s wonderful.

  • I actually posted this on my face book page as well yesterday, since I thought it summed up the sentiment I felt exactly. However, this morning I find that it is a (sort of) false quote of MLKJr. The first sentence was not his, but the rest of it, starting with, “Returning hate…” is a quote of his from a sermon. Interesting, but I think it was a case of face book telephone…someone might have written that as *their own* sentiment, and plugged the MLKJr quote behind it…

    Sarah M


  • I am so happy to see others feeling the same way I do. Maybe I would feel differently if I’d had a family member killed in 9/11. Still, I think it would make my stomach churn to celebrate death in this way; it feels wrong and uncivilized to be dancing and celebrating in the streets. Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts.