From Yes! Magazine:
“The number of terrorist attacks throughout the world has increased steadily since 2003.”
The Iraq War began in 2003…
That article from Yes! Magazine also talks about more appropriate methods of dealing with international criminals.
There are even well-developed plans for completely non-violent defense of an entire country:
SELF-RELIANT DEFENSE: Without Bankruptcy or War
Download the .pdf
And, for your “everyday” attempts at nonviolence:
198 Methods of Nonviolent Action
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Plus, here’s a spiritual quote to ponder:
“The darkness of superstitions and imitations came and took its place, binding the world of humanity in the chains and fetters of ignorance. Enmity arose among men, increasing to such an extent that nation strove against nation in hatred and violence. War has been a religious and political human heritage.
“Now it is enough! We must investigate reality. We must put away these superstitions. It is a self-evident truth that all humanity is the creation of God. All are His servants and under His protection. All are recipients of His bestowals. God is kind to all His servants. At most it is this: that some are ignorant; they must be educated in order that they may become intelligent. Some are immature as children; they must be aided and assisted in order that they may become mature. Some are sick and ailing; they must be healed. But the suffering patient must not be tested by false treatment. The child must not be warped and hindered in its development. The ignorant must not be restricted by censure and criticism. We must look for the real, true remedy.”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 39
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Sometimes it’s not darkness we fear, but the light we know that shines within us.
Great post. =)
This is a truth that, if truly, deeply believed by people, would free humanity from all it’s ills!
Right on! The quote, that is. I haven’t had a chance to check out the links yet.
The links are Awesome!
I feel you’re in a position to know what it means to “…look for the real, true remedy.”
Ruskin also said that light is more terrifying than darkness.
So glad to see you here. Congrats on the new, fun blog:
Ruskin, eh? Wikipedia said he was, among other things, a “Sage Writer”! I love learning new things!!
Alex – If you haven’t already, you might also like to add “Nonviolent Communication: A language of life” by Marshall Rosenberg to your reading list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Rosenberg
In my opinion, nonviolent communication is all the nonviolent action anyone in this world needs.
Welcome, BlueTulip !
Short comment you made, much pondering you induced . . .
Thanks for the heads-up on Marshall Rosenberg !!!
You know what is so sad we could have world peace tomorrow if we wanted to. It just takes one moment to say “no more”. But our stubborn pride and ego do not allow it.
One by one we are waking up and out of the blindness that holds us captive to such actions as war, I know the day will come where we will look back upon these moments and gasp “how could we ever have treated each other this way?”