I took this quote from this article. I request you read it and share your thoughts.
“What is this kind of love? It appears to me that Jesus and Gandhi and those of us following their tradition through the practice of NVC think of love as the full radical acceptance of the humanity of every person, regardless of how unhappy we are with the results of their actions. This love is a commitment to act in ways that uphold that humanity; to care for the wellbeing of the other person even when we are in opposing positions; even when all that we value is at stake.” ~Miki Kashtan,
I enjoyed reading this post over at G-A-Y and particularly liked this statement from Jeremy Hooper who I have much respect for because of his nonviolent way of confronting the religious right. I think there is valuable wisdom in this quote!
As active participants of this [civil rights] movement, we can and should challenge tactics, strategies, rhetoric, and leadership. Both ours and our opposition’s. However, there’s no reason to turn it personal. As people who come with all of the trappings that are laid upon us as humans, we’ll naturally have our own interpersonal whatnots with each other. But for the sake of the movement, we should strive to disconnect the two. The message is what matters.
I happen to come across this article on ABC News for their person of the week series and thought this man’s statement was really relevant to our world today and very congruent with how I think about terrorism and peace.
Mortenson is a peace activist and author who wrote the book, “Three Cups of Tea.” He came upon a village after climbing K2. The villagers brought him back to health after his climb. He promised the children of the village he would help them build a school. ABC News is reporting on how he made that wish come true. I was inspired to read this article and hope you will be too! It will also air on the 6:30pm news broadcast, which I must admit is only an hour from the time of me writing this. Hopefully it will make it to YouTube as well.
In 1996, Mortenson returned to Korphe to build the promised school. He came to understand how important education was in the fight against ills such as overpopulation, poverty and terrorism.
“If you fight terrorism, that’s based in fear. But if you promote peace, that’s based in hope,” Mortenson said. “And the real enemy I think is ignorance. It’s ignorance that breeds hatred.”
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it…Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate….Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Peace requires something far more difficult than revenge or merely turning the other cheek; it requires empathizing with the fears and unmet needs that provide impetus for people to attack each other. Being aware of these feelings and needs, people lose their desire to attack back because they can see the human ignorance leading these attacks; instead, their goal becomes providing the empathic connection and education that will enable them to transcend their violence and engage in cooperative relationships.”
Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD, From the book, “Speak Peace in a World of Conflict”, pg. 129
You can preview the book here.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”
“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”
Joe’s note: This quote/story really makes me think about the current conflict between anti-gay and pro-gay folks. Rarely do I see them listening to hear each other, mostly they are trying to be “right” when really they should listen to each others needs.
For some reason, considering all that is happening with Prop 8 and Christians claiming we are the enemy. This quote really hits home for me…
I have printed all the versions of it:
I let no man drag me down so low as to make me hate him.
Booker T. Washington
I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.
Booker T. Washington
I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
Booker T. Washington
Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination. ~Robert Fulghum
“Moral judgments of others are just the tragic expression of unmet needs.”
Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.d.
Whenever we judge someone, we are really expressing our unmet need for something. For example: “You are a reckless driver” is really an expression of the need for safety in one’s driving. To say: “You’re like a brick wall” is an expression of the need for connection with another human. So, I wonder, what needs of yours are not met and what judgments have come from that?
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
George W. Bush, our president says:
“Iran remains a danger to the world even though it stopped a program to develop a nuclear weapon four years ago, President Bush said today. “Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon”
Does this make the USA dangerous too?
One of the first things the Nazi Party did when they came to power was to close all Jewish businesses, take away Jewish Citizenship, and close all gay and lesbians meeting places. We all know where that went…..
Today’s quote of the day is from Linda Harvey of Mission America, but it is being supported and repeated by Americans for Truth since they are reposting it on their site….
4. If homosexual sex is a leading cause of HIV in the U.S., doesn’t it make sense to teach people to not engage in these acts? Perhaps “gay” social establishments should close until the HIV rates are severely reduced. And no students should be encouraged to enter homosexuality through “gay” clubs or tolerance lessons.
If we are serious about reducing AIDS — if we really care about people more than certain special viewpoints — we will do the right thing. And as Christians, if we really want to be faithful to our Lord, we must reject these corrupt ideas and try where we can to do something that will really save lives and bring people to know Him.
This one is from our favorite anti-gay blog, Chester Street! Ms. Debra JM Smith wrote it, but blog owner Mark must agree since he allows the comments.
“believe I was quite clear in the meaning of what I was saying. I see homosexuality as just as evil and perverted and dirty and disgusting and sickening and sinful and gross, as doing dirty things with a dog!”
These are the people who claim to follow Christ, claim to love the sinner but hate the sin. It would appear that is a front for hate.
From the self-study on nonviolence at Soulforce’s website:
For Gandhi and King, to “love” our adversary means that we respond to our adversary guided exclusively by the principles of “ahimsa” or nonviolence. Gandhi said it this way. “No physical, verbal, or psychological violence.” In King’s words, “No violence of the fist, the tongue, or the heart.”
“Nonviolent action is a means of social struggle which has begun to be developed in a
conscious way only in the last several decades. It does not rely on the good will of the
opponent but instead is designed to work in the face of determined opposition or
violent repression. It is not limited to any race, nationality, social class, or gender and
has been used successfully in widely varying political circumstances.
Nonviolent action is not simply any method of action which is not violent. Broadly
speaking, it means taking action that goes beyond normal institutionalized political
methods (voting, lobbying, letter writing, verbal expression) without injuring
opponents. Nonviolent action, like war, is a means of waging conflict. It requires a
willingness to take risks and bear suffering without retaliation. On the most
fundamental level, it is a means by which people discover their social power.”
Bob Irwin and Gordon Faison
Excert from the paper written in 1978. I don’t agree with all of this paper, but I certainly agree with the message.
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