What is nonviolence?

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Dan Banks answered

Nonviolence is a concept in which the fundamental belief is you do not need to resort to violence in order to achieve your goals. This includes hurting other people, animals or even the environment, and usually it's used as a method of political protest.

Perhaps the most famous nonviolent protestor of all is Mahatma Gandhi, a leading figure in the Indian nationalist movement. His nonviolent protests and willingness to stand up to British rule brought the cause of Indian independence to the forefront of the social consciousness in both India and Britain. He proved that to achieve political goals, you don't need to resort to fighting.

A couple of quotes from Gandhi best sum up the concept of nonviolence:

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind."

"There are many causes that I am prepared to die for, but no causes that I am prepared to kill for."


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Arthur Wright , Florida Paralegal with a BS degree in Social-Psychology, answered


The opposite of violence is nonviolence or peace so its pretty much self-explanatory here. BTW, right now we live in a pretty violent world but all Religions would love to see a peaceful or nonviolent world where everyone can live in peace

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Yo Kass
Yo Kass commented
If all religions have peace as their goal, why are we having such a hard time achieving it do you think?
John McCann
John McCann commented
" right now we live in a pretty violent world "

No, we don't. Violence is declining and has been for some time. The medias constant promotion of the violence does not make the world more violent.

You should have lived in the 13th century to see real violence!

" Religions would love to see a peaceful or nonviolent world where everyone can live in peace "

Really? A rather broad statement that is at odds with religions history.
Arthur Wright
Arthur Wright commented
because some very powerful people have other plans for the world and as long as they can keep the people divided by race or whatever, peace wont make it

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