PRINCIPLES OF NONVIOLENCE

From "A Call to Action: A Worksheet to Initiate Thought"

Nonviolence Is:

  • Honoring the dignity and inherent worth of every human being.

  • Believing that our lives are linked together, that what we do impacts the lives of other people. Therefore, we are responsible to and for one another.

  • Dedicating ourselves to guaranteeing the fundamental rights of every human being (justice, equity and equality). It means using our talents to empower others as well as ourselves.

  • Courageously choosing to practice compassion with our apparent adversaries. We oppose injustice, not people.

  • Recognizing Love as the power of the human spirit to triumph over injustice, social inequity, suffering. This is the hero's journey.

  • Choosing "non-violence" as a way of life by practicing peace daily.

  • Embracing the God of our heart in our own personal and reflective way.

  • Enlarging our capacity to embrace differences and appreciate the value of every human life.

  • Strengthening our resolve to be compassionate in our thoughts, words and actions.

  • Practicing compassion and forgiveness for ourselves and others.

  • Making choices that honor the sacredness of Life.

  • Cultivating moral strength and courage through education and creative, non-violent action.

  • Using our talents to serve others as well as ourselves.

  • Finding a goal that serves humanity (a service to vision greater than ourselves) and dedicating our life to it.


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