Time is neutral. It can be used either destructively or constructively. I am coming to feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter From Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963)
Yesterday’s post from inwardoutward. It resonated with me as I read it just after ‘browsing’ the morning papers on line … just one story after another cataloguing man’s inhumanity to man.
Dr King’s words reminded me of another more famous quotation attributed to Edmund Burke (1729-1797) – “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
The challenge of our age (indeed every age) is how do good people do something… that doesn’t involve violent protest…devastating bombing or killing to achieve their righteous purpose?