Change the world with love!
January 13, 2011 19:00Tagged as: action peace
Location: Room B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Changing the world with the power of love 8)
Date: Thursday 13th Jan 2011 Time: 7-9PM Location: Room B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
This meeting has been called to facilitate a discussion and ideas session on how anyone can bring about peaceful change through non-violent resistance.
There are many different interpretations of what is meant by 'non-violent resistance'. In order to clarify by what is meant by the term in this instance, here are some descriptions: '
'nonviolent resistance is not a method of cowardice. It does resist. It is not a method of stagnant passivity and deadening complacency. The nonviolent resister is just as opposed to the evil that they are standing against as the violent resister but they resist without violence. This method is non-aggressive physically but strongly aggressive spiritually. It is a method of conversion and conviction, it seeks never to use the slightest coercion." "the nonviolent resister does not seek to humiliate or defeat the opponent but to win their friendship and understanding."
"Nonviolence means refusing to engage in not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to hurt a person, but you refuse to hate them."
"nonviolent resistance is a willingness to accept suffering without retaliation"
If the philosophy outlined above appeals to you or if you would like to explore it further why not come along to the meeting? This will be an opportunity to discuss ideas for workshops and actions: putting principles into practice. Here are some questions you might like to consider before you come to the meeting:
- What do you believe the strength and weaknesses of non-violent resistance are?
- What challenges do you foresee in attempting non-violent resistance?
- What do you think would help anyone improve their ability to take part in non-violent resistance? Can you suggest any practices or workshops that people could do in this area?
- What sort of situations do you think non-violent resistance would be suited to?
- Can you suggest any immediate opportunities for non-violent resistance?
- Have you got any practical ideas as to how to organise non-violent resistance/training/workshops/meetings effectively?
This will be a facilitated meeting so if you have any experience in facilitation and would be interested in helping out, please send an email to the address at the bottom of this message prior to the meeting. If you have any questions, send an email to:
Diggers360@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks for reading! PS: Please send this message to anyone who you think may be interested.
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