Hate is too Great a Burden to Bear-T-shirt
"I have decided to stick with love…Hate is too great a burden to bear."
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- Where Do We Go From Here, 1967.
Reflection on the quotation by a King Center staff member:
Hate built up over time can and will become toxic. Toxicity over time can and will erode the vessel that it is in and over time, that vessel will disintegrate and itself become one with the toxicity. Interestingly enough, we can rid ourselves of the toxicity of hate, but only if we are willing to do so.
Yes, it is true, we are not always treated fairly, we are not always treated with respect, in fact, we may have been mistreated, sometimes by the people whom we least expect, even by the very ones who are closest to us and are supposed to love us. As a result, we may feel justified in holding grudges, disliking…a lot, even hating; however, in doing so we are ultimately harming ourselves because this will become a cancer and in holding on to it we allow it to grow and fester, and ultimately it changes who we are. We then become full of anger and hate…just like the very person who we felt had wronged us. Their behavior is not okay, but ultimately their behavior is their responsibility and they would eventually have to face the consequences of it. It is okay to speak up when you are being mistreated, after all, “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”(Stride Toward Freedom, 1958)