“I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” Words of Jessica Dovey. Followed by Martin Luther King Junior

Thanks to a reader, Aether, and, no doubt, countless other internet users, I have located and corresponded with the person whom I believe to have actually coined the words.
“I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” Her name is Jessica Dovey. She is a young American woman and an English teacher currently working in Kobe Japan, and presently visiting Tokyo.

Her original post is editorially correct and reads as follows.

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.
“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.” MLK jr

It is derived from the following source

It is quoted from page 53 of the 1963 book The Strength to Love in the chapter entitled “Loving Your Enemies”

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. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction. So when Jesus says “Love your enemies,” he is setting forth a profound and ultimately inescapable admonition. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies– or else? The chain reaction of evil–hate begetting hate, wars producing wars–must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Follow this link for the full text of The Strength to Love from Google Books

Jessica states that she is “humbled” by her sudden notoriety.

I just felt incredibly uneasy after reading the news and watching my newsfeed fill up with shouts of, “Hooray! The witch is dead!” I think we should begin thinking about why we are at war in the first place. Is it for revenge? For many, yes. That won’t solve the problem, though, for reasons that were so eloquently stated by MLK himself. What we are looking for is an end to terrorism, right? I don’t know how to create peace, or hope, but I know in my heart that hate isn’t going to get us anywhere. I know that this terrorist is dead, but I know that his ideas are not dead, and that the lies and hatred that fuel them are fires that are fanned by our approach to the situation.

For a link to my original post and ample discussion and other MLKjr quotes Follow this link

In the interest of full disclosure it should be noted that “the witch is dead” may be attributed to the fictional “munchkins” of the Frank Baum children’s fantasy novel and subsequent classic American film The Wizard of Oz. Jessica’s use of the the word “hooray” is, I believe, a paraphrase of general sentiment; )

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10 Responses to “I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.” Words of Jessica Dovey. Followed by Martin Luther King Junior

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  2. Dan McM says:

    Thanks for digging in and figuring this out.

    As far as the “hooray” being a paraphrase, I don’t know. Could it be that “hooray” and “ding dong” arrive from similar etymology? ;-)

  3. Ana Campos says:

    Fantastic follow up. The best part being, the majority agreed with her. That entire post was being shared on Facebook last night every 3 seconds for 24 hours. Currently being shared every 20 seconds. I am so glad she posted it and someone inadvertantly moved the quotatin mark. It was the quote heard round the world. So grateful. And so in agreement with Jessica! Thank you both!

  4. RD says:

    So glad to hear there are others who feel the same as I do!

  5. Graeme says:

    Martin Luther King also voiced similar sentiments in the following quote:
    “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 (King 1967, pp. 62-63).

    King, M. L. (1967). Where do we go from here: Chaos or community? New York: Harper and Row.

  6. alyssa m says:

    Thank you for posting.

    I hope you do not mind that I reposted some of what your shared. I had posted the quote and then came across your blog and was happy to add some more information. Thanks!

    • rawlinsview says:

      Thank you Alyssa.

      Feel free to share whatever you find here. If the articles or photos are original writing please credit the authors.

      feel free to subscribe to the blog as well.

      RV

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