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On Mar 4, 2017 david doane wrote:|
I believe meeting violent intentions with love is the only way to go, if it results in no violence or in violence, if it results in peaceful resolution or death. I don't know if I would live up to that belief in a situation of facing violence or death but I hope I would. Love disarms violence and will prevail, even if injury or death occurs before the love replaces violence. Love begets love, and eventually love prevails. Violence begets more violence, and never prevails. I've learned about violence being diffused by love by what Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King accomplished. I've seen potential violence dissolve in the presence of acceptance and love. I've defused potential arguments by being calm and kind rather than fostering argument and violence by hostile reaction. I don't always stay rooted in love. What helps me sometimes stay rooted in love is knowing that only love dissipates violence, just as only light dissipates darkness. It was said in the 60s that dropping bombs for peace is like screwing for virginity. It just won't ever work.