Power, Love & Justice

Power at its best...

“Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.
Justice at its best is love correcting anything that stands against love.”

Another extraordinary quote from Martin Luther King.  He keeps blowing me away.  His reference to justice and love, and the fact that tomorrow is Valentines Day which celebrates another kind of love, reminded me of old C.S. Lewis’ ‘Four Loves’.  For Lewis there were four kinds of love: ‘filial’, the love of friends, brothers and sisters; ‘eros’, romantic love; ‘caritas’, the love that gives to and serves where there is need; and ‘agape’, the exultative love that is an expression and experience of awe and wonder at the divine, at the astonishing unity of the cosmos.

MLK’s quote makes me think that ‘justice’ is a fifth love; how love expresses itself in a social and political milieu.