Queries for November on Nonviolence
Are we working to increase our understanding and use of nonviolent action?
How well do we apply nonviolence to the settlement of disputes? What are we doing to encourage the use of nonviolent means to settle national and international differences?
Are we learning to channel our anger, fear, and frustration in healthy, creative, and peaceable ways?
Do we teach our children how to meet aggression creatively and without violence?
In our commitment to nonviolence, are we sensitive to the differing claims of the sanctity of life and the quality of life in situations such as unwanted pregnancy or the artificial prolongation of life?
“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence, but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.