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takes four generations to recover from every act of violence. |
Conflicts are fueled by the
tendency of the powerful to exploit the power and the anger and frustration of
the powerless, which turns into violence. International Solidarity Movement activists
are attempting to confront the exploitation of power and to bring back hope to
may seem sometimes as if a culture of peace does not stand a chance against the
culture of war, the culture of violence and the cultures of impunity and intolerance.
Peace may indeed be a complex challenge, dependent on action in many fields and
even a bit of luck from time to time. It may be a painfully slow process, and
fragile and imperfect when it is achieved. But peace is in our hands. We can do
my experience has taught me is that regardless of how complicated the problems
might appear, it is possible to work through them and find solutions that are
mutually satisfactory to every stakeholder in the problem… most of our problems
on this earth are created by us and therefore we have the capacity and the obligation
to unmake them.
all nonviolence is - organized love.
would say that I'm a nonviolent soldier. In place of weapons of violence, you
have to use your mind, your heart, your sense of humor, every faculty available
to you...because no one has the right to take the life of another human being.
-- Joan Baez
world censures those who take up arms to defend their causes and calls on them
to use nonviolent means in voicing their grievances. But when a people chooses
the nonviolent path, it is all too often the case that hardly anyone pays attention.
It is tragic that people have to suffer and die and the television cameras have
to deliver the pictures to people's homes every day before the world at large
admits there is a problem.
-- Bishop Carlos Belo
is called to live nonviolently, even if the change one works for seems impossible.
It may or may not be possible to turn the US around through nonviolent revolution.
But one thing favors such an attempt: the total inability of violence to change
anything for the better.
must look towards societies that set a high value on nonaggression and noncompetitive
ness, and therefore handle conflicts by nonviolent means. We can see how child
rearing patterns produce nurturing adult behaviors.”
is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak … Non-violence
is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win."
-- Cesar Chavez
is no such thing as defeat in nonviolence."
first principle of non-violent action is that of non-cooperation with everything
can truly flourish when the world is free of poverty, hunger, discrimination,
exclusion, intolerance and hatred - when women and men can realize their highest
potential and live a secure and fulfilling life. Until then, each and every one
of us would have to contribute - collectively and individually - to build peace
main goal of the future is to stop violence. The world is addicted to it.
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