"Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, 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" - Martin Luther King, Jr.
As we mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible and ponder the events of the last few days, let us reflect on this: "Say unto them, As I live... I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live."
(Ez. 33:11, King James Version)
"Let every one, then, who thinks with pain on all these great evils, so horrible, so ruthless, acknowledge that this is misery. And if any one either endures or thinks of them without mental pain, this is a more miserable plight still, for he thinks himself happy because he has lost human feeling."
(St. Augustine on killing)
"...is it ever a good idea — from a spiritual or philosophical standpoint — to celebrate with beer and good cheer over the death of anyone, even a widely acknowledged monster?" NPR.org
Vengeance and justice are often misconstrued.