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Posted by Dave Griffith on June 14, 2016 at 8:55 AM

Remarks to the staff and stakeholders of ECS where I am an employee:


The events this weekend in Orlando catch all of us. I fear that we grow numb to the violence and note that would be a great danger because it is all around us. In Orlando now and in communities across our country 50 dead or 1 dead due to gun violence or any violence is one too many. At ECS our work is about building bridges and not walls between communities. It is about leaning into the work of inclusion and the power of diversity. It is also about holding our political system accountable and calling for fundamental change in our gun laws. There is a balance between the second amendment and the need to own automatic weapons. Set that debate aside, in the end it is about the cancer of fear and violence and the dark place that it drives people. Our work and the work of all people have to be about bringing in the light into the darkness. To that end I share the words of Dr. King which Mary Alice forwarded to me today after our discussion in management committee this morning. I commend it for your reflection. Hold Orlando and all communities in your prayers, but also call and act for change.

 

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,

begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.

Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.

Through violence you may murder the liar,

but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.

Through violence you may murder the hater,

but you do not murder hate.

In fact, violence merely increases hate.

So it goes.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,

adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness:

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

Categories: ECS Outreach, Muddy Boots, Leadership

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