The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
There was a time when the church was very powerful. It was during that period when the early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being 'disturbers of the peace' and 'outside agitators.' But they went on with the conviction that they were 'a colony of heaven,' and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be 'astronomically intimidated.' They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest.
Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies - or else? The chain reaction of evil - hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars - must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
We must concentrate not merely on the negative expulsion of war but the postive affirmation of peace.
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
One of the greatest casualties of the war in Vietnam is the Great Society... shot down on the battlefield of Vietnam.
The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.
It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.
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