by Robert Kenneth Jones
“The aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community. The aftermath of nonviolence is redemption. The aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation. The aftermath of violence is emptiness and bitterness.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. King worked for the establishment of a Beloved Community. The Beloved Community in which love of enemies, non-violent resolution of conflicts, human dignity, peace, and freedom will overcome hatred, division and selfishness.
What a magnificent dream. His message of love stirred up controversy and he was called a rabble rouser. His message of love made lots of enemies but he was undeterred.
God wants a humanity that is characterized by this sort of fearless love which neutralizes the power of evil and transforms it to good.
Though many of our generation put aside work for non-violence and the beloved community after the War in Vietnam, Clare did not stop. She has been a protester at the gates of bomb factories, has been jailed in federal prison for protesting at the School of The Americas and has stood in silent, non-violent vigils for immigrants, women and the marginalized.
We always have the option to let go of personal bias in favor of cooperation. We always have the option to love instead of hate. We have the chance, here and now, to exercise these options and become co-creators of Dr. King’s beloved community.
Drawing courtesy of Vivien Feyer, gifts of the Society for the Support of Chemical Weapons Victims.