Love Your Enemy
"Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity
presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time
which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances,
when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you
most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who
has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when
you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in
terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping
that person to make some move in life. Thatís the time you must do
it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not
this sentimental something that we talk about. Itís not merely an
emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for
all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise
to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only
to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in
that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr., from Loving Your Enemies
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