With so much talk of the Dao, Buddha and darkness… Here are a couple quotes about the darkest thing: violence.
But first, since we’re talking about violence … how about a song, in a different context. Bif Naked‘s Violence
~ Dalai Lama
Weapons are the tools of violence;
all decent men detest them.
Weapons are the tools of fear;
a decent man will avoid them
except in the direst necessity
and, if compelled, will use them
only with the utmost restraint.
Peace is his highest value.
If the peace has been shattered,
how can he be content?
His enemies are not demons,
but human beings like himself.
He doesn’t wish them personal harm.
Nor does he rejoice in victory.
How could he rejoice in victory
and delight in the slaughter of men?
He enters a battle gravely,
with sorrow and with great compassion,
as if he were attending a funeral.
~ Lao Tse, Dao de Jing
Stephen Mitchell, trans