The bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice

As people all over the world struggle for justice and freedom they will struggle with this weapon of love and non-violence. It seems to me that is we will do this with dignity, with the proper attitude, and the proper discipline we will be able to emerge from the bleak and desolate mid-night of mans inhumanity to man, to the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice. That will be the day when we can all cry figuratively speaking, that a new day has come into being. And that will be the day figuratively speaking, when the morning stars will sing together and the sons of God will shout for joy.

– MLK, Justice Without Violence

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It so happens that I have deep faith, an abiding faith in a personal God.

Not some Aristotelian unmoved mover who merely contemplates upon himself. Not only a self knowing God, but an ever-loving God who is concerned about the affairs of history. It is my conviction that God works through history for the salvation of man. And there is something in this universe that works for the molding of justice and goodwill and freedom.

– MLK, Justice Without Violence

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(Passive Resistance) seems to stress the fact that the universe is on the side of justice.

Sometimes it is very difficult to believe that. This is why the non-violent resister can accept suffering without retaliating with violence, because he knows the universe is on the side of justice and it gives one a great faith in the future. A non-violent resister knows that in his struggle for justice he is not alone but that he has cosmic companionship. And that the moral laws of the universe somehow work together for the molding of justice and freedom and goodwill.

– MLK, Justice Without Violence

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The non-violent resister realizes that love should forever be at the forefront of his thinking.

And as we struggle for justice as oppressed people all over the world struggle for justice and freedom and human dignity, it is my great hope that we will never succumb to the temptation of indulging in hate campaigns or becoming bitter. For if we hate for hate, if we try to solve the problem by hating in return, we do nothing but intensify the existence of hate in the universe, and somebody has to have some sense in this world and cut off the chain of hate. That is done through loving.

– MLK, Justice Without Violence

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We seek to defeat the evil system, rather than individuals who happened to be caught up in the system. And I think that is a vital aspect with the method of non-violence. Violence defeats individuals, and so often fails to get back to the causal factor. The non-violence goes beneath the surface and seeks to remove the cause or basis which is the evil system itself.

– MLK, Justice Without Violence

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