The study of historical events frequently proves to be sound ground upon which to resolve current and anticipated problems. There have been numerous suggestions put forth since the recent Tucson massacre, some positive, some emotional, and some extremely negative. This is a time for reasoned, unemotional, non-violent contemplation, and a time of patient and constructive healing.
I find it ironic that we are celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some respected him, some opposed his work, and some were closely associated with his civil rights agenda. Like him or not, he left a legacy that to this day is highly respected and will be long remembered.
Considering those facts let us remember some applicable words spoken some 55 years ago on the occasion of the bombing of Martin Luther King's home in Montgomery, Alabama. When further violence was threatened King said, “We must meet hate with love.” Subsequently he also said, “We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.”
While King was addressing civil rights issues, his words are also applicable to the tension surrounding the Tucson tragedy, and if followed they just may aid us in moving forward in the healing process in a peaceful, constructive way.