Sunday, January 12, 2014

Gandhi and King rebuke social justice warriors

Gandhi

“An opponent is entitled to the same regard for his principles as we would expect others to have for ours.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“Non-cooperation is directed not against men but against measures. It is not directed against the Governors, but against the system they administer. The roots of non-cooperation lies not in hatred but in justice if not in love.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“If we want to cultivate a true spirit of democracy we cannot afford to be intolerant. Intolerance betrays want of faith in one’s cause.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“It is quite proper to resist and attack a system, but to resist and attack its author is tantamount to resisting and attacking oneself, for we are all tarred with the same brush, and are children of one and the same Creator, and as such the divine powers within us are infinite. To slight a single human being, is to slight those divine powers and thus to harm not only that Being, but with Him, the whole world.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” —Mahatma Gandhi

King

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." —Martin Luther King Jr.

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” —Martin Luther King Jr.

“We all have the drum major instinct. We all want to be important, to surpass others, to achieve distinction, to lead the parade. … And the great issue of life is to harness the drum major instinct. It is a good instinct if you don’t distort it and pervert it. Don’t give it up. Keep feeling the need for being important. Keep feeling the need for being first. But I want you to be the first in love. I want you to be the first in moral excellence. I want you to be the first in generosity.” —Martin Luther King Jr., “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Feb. 4, 1968