What Kind of Extremist?
Someone dear to me, a little while ago, criticised me for having extremist views, and I presume they continue to think of me this way. Today, I was sent a quote which I think adequately sums up my opinion on and response to such a criticism:
“But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love; ‘love your enemies, bless them that curse you’… Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?”
– Martin Luther King Jr, Letter From Birmingham Jail