A couple weeks ago I’d selected a Martin Luther King quote about evil to publish here. But it’s decidedly uncheery, and I left it off.
Then we were looking at a PowerPoint series my son prepared for a college class he teaches, and the slide in honor of Dr. King had exactly the same quote on it!
“Hey, that’s the quote I was going to use. I got it from Ansbro.” (Martin Luther King Jr: The Making of a Mind, by John Ansbro, republished as “Non-violent Strategies and Tactics for Social Change”.) Yup, that’s where Mark got it too. (p160)
Evil is not merely a principle of nonbeing or an absence of something. It is both positive and aggressive.
Evil is stark, grim, and collossally real.
… evil is recalcitrant and determined, and never voluntarily relinquishes its hold short of a persistent, almost fanatical resistance.
Which, being interpreted, means – if you want to buck evil in this world you have a serious project ahead of you, a life-long project in all probability. I offer you my thanks and appreciation ahead of time – and I mean it.