Monday, April 8, 2013
Principles from the Metta Center for Nonviolence (mettacenter.org):
Fight injustice, not people. Everyone deserves respect; the point is not to “win,” but to build relationships.
Nonviolence will always improve things down the line; violence—of any kind—will always make them worse.
Basic human needs are universal; at the root of every conflict a “win-win” solution is possible.
Each of us has a piece of the truth, none of us has the whole truth.
Never show disrespect to another’s person—or accept it yourself. Nobody can degrade you without your permission.
The willingness to take on suffering rather than inflict it and relentless persistence in a right cause bring out the power of nonviolence.
Nonviolence has two modes: in obstructive program we stand in the way of wrongdoing—in constructive program we lead the way in creating solutions.
Never give up on another human being. If you assume people are rational, it helps to awaken their rationality.
Cling to essentials (like your human dignity); be willing to compromise on anything else (especially if it’s just a symbol).
Do not yield to threats. Ask yourself: “What are they holding over me?” Renounce that, and you are free.
When nonviolence succeeds there are no losers; gloating over “victories” can actually undo what we have gained by nonviolent action.