We will return to nonviolence, not in the idea that a worldly state of nonviolence has ever existed, but that it is an idea in our minds that we can turn to and draw forth presently. The last 100 years saw mass casualty in war and genocide, but it also saw the inspired and far-reaching rise of nonviolence as a practice to change the world–from Gandhi and MLK, to the Philippines and the Arab Spring. The essence of nonviolence itself need not be understood by the majority of the population for its benefits to be received. There is, in fact, a well worn air of nonviolence that circulates most international arguments and discussions, as if it is the remedy of our collective spirit waiting to see if the poison has had its effects before it unleashes its treatment.
A CALL TO NONVIOLENCE
Do no harm, to yourself or anyone else. This, in the end, is all we need to know. Begin with yourself. Turn your mind away from the thoughts that attack you. Be vigilant. Turn your mind away from the noise that judges others. This is nonviolence.
Nonviolence is an active process–it is not passive–it is the ability to undo harm. It has the power to reconcile. It is more than not being violent, it transcends the linear path of violent and not violent. It is the third way. It is the transformational way. It is the courageous way. It knows most intimately that neutrality is nothing more than the dashed lines on the road–an imaginary border–and that one day one must choose a lane: destruction or creation; judgment or curiosity; fear or love; pain or peace.
Be propelled by a relentless search for the truth. Be relentless in revealing the truth. Be disruptive and shocking. Be bold and kind. Be compassionate and non-judgmental. Be so reckless with your demonstrations of compassion and service that even those that oppose your cause cannot deny the spirit of humankind that bursts forth through you. Aim to do this, and so prove the divinity of man, as the heavens wait for us to remember that we are not primal things but creative, curious, compassionate God-beings.