While watching “Lincoln,” it was difficult to briefly witness the brutality of the hand to hand combat of the Civil War. This was our history but it doesn’t have to be our future.
I encourage you not to pay money to see violent movies, buy such books and music or watch television shows that portray violence. I encourage you to preview all forms of media which you expose your children or grandchildren to.
Lastly I ask you to pray with unwavering faith that we will find solutions to decrease the violence, replace fighting with mediation, despair with hope, darkness with light and fear with love.
Martin Luther King summarizes this topic by saying, “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 murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. ... 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.”
Cindy Merrick, a physical therapist, lives in Norman.