Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cultivating a Tough Mind, Tender Heart


Jesus recognized the need for blending opposites.  He knew that his disciples would face a difficult and hostile world, where they would confront the recalcitrance of political officials and the intransigence of the protectors of the old order.  He knew that they would meet cold and arrogant men whose hearts had been hardened by the long winter of traditionalism.  So he said to them, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves.”  And he gave them a formula for action, “Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” It is pretty difficult to imagine a single person having, simultaneously, the characteristics of the serpent and the dove…We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.”

---Martin Luther King, Jr

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