Waging Non-Violence

Posted: August 6, 2012 in Behaviour, Ethics, Inter-faith, Peace, Philosophy, Psychology, Society
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I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”  So said Mohandas Gandhi.

But the question still remains: how do you deal with a bully without resorting to violence and becoming a thug? In a superb TEDtalk, peace activist Dr. Scilla Elworthy maps out the skills we need — as nations and individuals — to fight extreme force without using force in return. To answer the question of why and how non-violence actually works, she refers to the usual heroes of the non-violent movement — Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela — and the personal philosophies that underpinned their peaceful protests.

Here is Elworthy’s thoughtful and informative talk:

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