"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 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.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
— MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Chad. Think about this quote. I gleaned it from someone who posts on this blog. Do you think it applies to our situation. Also with Guglielmo, for example, and others - whom I know I agree with on most of the basics.
"Indeed in nothing is the power of the Dark Lord more clearly shown than in the estrangement that divides all those who still oppose him."
- Haldir of Lothlorien
(The Lord of the Rings trilogy; The Fellowship of the Ring)
About the rezone proposal, tonight's deliberations, and some recent interactions on OlyBlog:
I have recently been labeled and accused of such things as zealotry, fanaticism, extremism, and being unwilling to compromise (by people who post on OlyBlog.) This is a response. And let me tell you - I strongly object to being labeled with those terms. But if I am a zealot because I care about the environment, then that is OK with me. In fact, I wouldn't have it any other way.