Category Archives: Nonviolence

Nonviolence: We Shall Overcome

Nonviolent movements sing their way forward.  Not insignificantly, angels sang when Jesus was born.  In the civil rights movement,  no song better captures the essence of nonviolence than “We Shall Overcome.”  I end this series on nonviolence with the lyrics … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: A Way of Endurance

To read of the various expressions of nonviolent resistance inevitably raises the questions, “How were they able to keep going despite wave after wave of opposition, which sometimes included murder, and always included degradation?  How did they maintain such poise … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: Process

Principles must be enacted.  Martin Luther King Jr. proposed the following six steps to express the principles of non violence in specific situations.  These steps are still taught at the King Center in Atlanta. INFORMATION GATHERING:  To understand and articulate … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: A Way Through

Athletes use visualization before they perform.  A gymnist sees herself executing her routine.  A golfer sees his put rolling into the hole.  Basketball players mentally trace the trajectory of their free throw into the basket. This is not magic.  It … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: A Way of Confrontation

Nonviolence is not a philosophical enterprise even though it draws upon key concepts taught in philosophy. Nonviolence is not abstract even though it has roots in general principles.  Nonviolence is a way of concrete action. Gandhi fasted nonviolence. Pete Seeger … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: A Way of Forgiveness

Nonviolence creates the need for forgiveness time and time again.  But what does it mean to forgive someone who has harmed you?  That is the question. Jim Lawson taught that the capacity to forgive was the essence of a nonviolent … Continue reading

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Nonviolence: A Way of Life

Nonviolence is sometimes viewed as an event–a rally, a protest, a sit-in, etc.  But this is not what defines nonviolence.  As a way of love, it is a way of life.  Actions are not enough; in fact, they cannot be … Continue reading

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