How We Proceed is as Important as Where We Go

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches


There is something powerful in the orations and writings of Martin Luther King Jr. I have always been deeply moved and inspired by his life’s work. And what an appropriate quote for me to find today. If you agree with Dr. King then it is imperative to know that Martin Luther King Jr. was an advocate of non-violent civil disobedience. And if we remember, on October 14, 1964 he was awarded the Noble Peach Prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in the United States. I think King would agree with me when I say, that when anyone with the goals of equality or justice, takes to the streets with violent intent, then they knowingly or unknowingly stand against what Dr. King stood for and what they themselves are seeking. The path of violence does not lead to good resolutions. It leads to more conflict and eventually forced outcomes which means nobody really gets what they want. I do not believe Dr. King would make any exceptions here and he would still be encouraging us to find better ways to hear each other peacefully. Even though I believe he would vehemently agree that this is a worthy fight as I do. It is important for us to remember that we must do this the right way or we risk becoming a version of what we stand against. One form of hatred is no exchange for another no matter how it is expressed. How we proceed in the days and weeks and years to come will inform our children and history as to the veracity and strength of our shared goals. We are love. We are joy. We are all so very good. 

About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.