May 09, 2011 To forgive the oppressor is the medicine that heals
"To forgive the oppressor is the medicine that heals." This phrase is powerful, and is completely in harmony with not yielding an inch in fighting oppression.
Do you know the origin of the foregoing phrase? It seems to be the theme of the May 14, 2011, 12th Annual Bloody Island 1850 Massacre Memorial, in honor of the Pomo Indian.
This reminds me of my lessons over many years to fight relentlessly for harmony for my clients, even if the fight must become proverbially bloody, but not to develop nor attach to anger towards my opponents, nor towards judges and jurors when they do not appear to give a damn about me, my clients nor justice.
Harmonious with today’s blog entry are the following words from Martin Luther King, Jr.:
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 may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. … 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.
To forgive the oppressor is the medicine that heals. Easier said than done, of course, particularly when in the very process of being oppressed. But powerful nonetheless.